I have just read that the Bolton manager Owen Coyle is trying to sign Thierry Henry’s team mate Tim Ream on a loan deal right now. Ream is a defender with New York Red Bulls and one of the best in America, in fact he won the prize for Rookie of the Year in the season just finished.
The 24 year-old has been watched many times by Arsenal scouts and we reportedly even made an offer for him last summer, and even Owen Coyle admitted that he is keen for him to cover for Gary Cahill after Arsenal had first choice.
Ream himself told the press in December about Arsenal’s interest. “I guess that’s common knowledge now,” he said. “I think there are a few others. It’s just one of those things, you always have eyes watching you; it’s an honor to have a team of that caliber watching you, following you. … At the same time, you can’t let that be a distraction either. If something comes of it, so be it.”
He is fit and in training (with West Brom now) to stay in condition for the beginning of the MLS season, and would have been a very easy option to loan alongside Henry for these two months.
So why on Earth didn’t Wenger take advantage while he had the chance, instead of trying out an unknown Omani international?