Dutch powerhouse one of several pursuing NY's Ream
AMSTERDAM — Dutch power PSV Eindhoven are among a flock of European clubs currently scouting New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, MLSsoccer.com has learned.
Though Ream’s agent would not confirm interest from any specific suitors, a source close to PSV informed MLSsoccer.com that the 21-time Dutch champions have been monitoring the center back for more than a year.
"Tim is attracting interest across Europe," Ream rep Patrick McCabe told MLSsoccer.com. "There's not a league over there that doesn't have teams watching him."
The Red Bulls, when contacted by MLSsoccer.com, also declined to confirm any specific approaches for Ream or any other members of the squad.
“Teams around the world are following our players and we receive inquiries about them on a regular basis; however, our policy is not to comment on specific transfer rumors,” GM Erik Solér said. “In addition, our focus is on continuing to build our team and not on selling players at this time."
While thoughts of a chase for European glory are always tempting for young American players, Ream, 23, is apparently in no hurry to hop the pond.
"He wants to play in Europe eventually, but that is something we will take a step at a time," stated McCabe. "This is not something that is in the forefront of Tim's mind. He is focused on the Red Bulls and the US national team right now."
Ream, currently with the US national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, has started 41 consecutive MLS matches since being drafted in 2010. Last season, he played every regular-season minute and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year.