U.S. national team defender Tim Ream is closing in on a move to Queens Park Rangers.
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Ream, 27, has been linked with a move to both QPR and Fulham in the English Championship and on Thursday the manager of his current club Bolton Wanderers admitted a deal is close to being completed to see Ream’s time at the Trotters come to a close.
Sources have confirmed to ProSoccerTalk that a bid from QPR has been accepted — believed to be in the region of $2.4 million — by Bolton, and Ream is now agreeing personal terms with the R’s ahead of his move to Loftus Road.
He is expected to have a medical with QPR on Friday, while Fulham are hoping to hijack the deal but they seem to have left it too late.
Here is more from his manager at Bolton, Neil Lennon, on his potential departure.
“We’re close to agreeing a deal with QPR for Tim Ream,” Lennon said. “It frees up a wage and we’ll look to use that. Tim is a good player and has been very consistent for us. If we can get a couple of players in then it’ll improve the squad. We want to bolster the defense and bring in a quick, attacking player. We’re hoping to bring one in before the weekend.”
Ream will be a big loss for Bolton, as he’s been their back-to-back player of the season and is influential in their defense either at center back or left back.
You can understand why Ream would be interested in moving to west London and playing for QPR, as the R’s were relegated to the second-tier last season but have maintained a strong squad for a Championship outfit. Chris Ramsey’s men look well placed to challenge for an instant return to the PL and Ream has not played in the top-flight since May 2012.
When Ream joined Bolton from the New York Red Bulls in January 2012 they were still a PL club but less than six months after he arrived they were relegated to the Championship and they’ve been scrapping away in the lower reaches of that league ever since.
For QPR, Ream will likely line up at center back alongside Nedum Onuoha and become a regular for the R’s. If he does move to QPR and they challenge for promotion to the PL as expected, Ream could force his way back into the USMNT picture after being used sparingly by Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2015 Gold Cup this summer.