Thursday 26 January 2012
Bolton have completed the signing of United States international defender Tim Ream for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old centre-half has signed a three-and-a-half year contract after moving from Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.
Ream, who has won seven caps for his country since making his senior international debut against South Africa in 2010, trained with both Bolton and West Brom in December during the MLS off-season.
I'm just delighted to be here and I'm glad I have been given this opportunity
- Tim Ream
"First and foremost we are absolutely delighted to secure Tim's services," Bolton manager Owen Coyle told the club's official website.
"He is a US international, a player that year-on-year has progressed and got better, and he will continue to do that.
"He was trailed by a number of clubs, including West Brom and also Arsenal who tried to sign him in the summer, so it is great that he sees his future here.
"Tim is everything that we want in the players we are bringing to the club when we spend in the transfer market. He is young, has a tremendous attitude and a winning mentality.
"I know he will fit in well with the rest of the squad here at Bolton."
Ream, who was part of the Red Bulls side that won the Emirates Cup in London last summer, says he eager to get going in the Barclays Premier League.
"I'd been waiting for a bit of paperwork to be completed and getting the work permit sorted was a huge relief. I'm just delighted to be here and I'm glad I have been given this opportunity,” said Ream.
"From the first day here I felt really comfortable. The gaffer said that I had nothing to prove and it was a chance to get to know the guys and the coaching staff, and that put me at ease from the very beginning.
"Even before that week I aimed to challenge myself in England and if an opportunity arose I wanted to come over and try to make it here.
"Once that week was over I definitely had a better understanding of what it takes to play at this level.”