After two impressive seasons which have seen him named the club’s Player of the Season back-to-back, Ream has interested two other Championship sides based in London.
A source close to the deal has confirmed to ProSoccerTalk that both Fulham and QPR are interested in signing Ream before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 1.
The source claims that QPR are growing impatient with Bolton after tabling bids, as manager Neil Lennon and the directors are reluctant to sell Ream, such is his importance to their defense.
Fulham’s interest is fresher, with the Cottagers eager to improve this season after spending most of 2014-15 in the lower reaches of the Championship following their relegation from the PL in 2014.
Would either side be a step-up for Ream? Both QPR and Fulham is expected to make a charge towards the top six this season but its far from a forgone conclusion. Many would argue that Ream is better off staying where he is at Bolton as Lennon took charge last season and in a limited amount of time plenty of progress was made.
That said, with Fulham’s long history of attracting American players and the draw of living in London advantageous to most players, perhaps Ream and his young family need a change of scenery after nearly four years in Lancashire. The St. Louis native played for the U.S. at the 2015 Gold Cup but was used sparingly by Jurgen Klinsmann and if he wants to become a regular in the USMNT setup, its likely he will need to join a team either in the PL or one that gets promoted to England’s top-flight.
Less than six months after joining Bolton in 2012, Ream was relegated from the Premier League and Bolton have been scrapping away in the second-tier of English soccer ever since.
Arsenal are pushing hard to sign Moises Caicedo, with the Ecuadorian midfielder not playing for Brighton in the FA Cup against Liverpool amid a reported new $86 million bid from the Gunners. Anthony Gordon has signed for Newcastle from Everton for a fee believed to be around $60 million.
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Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.
Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.
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Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?
Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.
He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.
It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.
McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.
However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.
McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.
The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.