It has been a busy month for New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, who has had training stints with English Premier League sides West Brom and Bolton. The center back says seeing the English standard and style of play firsthand was a good learning experience.
“I really enjoyed both clubs and I was treated very well," he told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. "It was certainly good to get a feel for the environment in England and the day-to-day routine there. The level of play is very high and each day was a challenge.”
Both West Brom manager Roy Hodgson and his Bolton counterpart, Owen Coyle, have told reporters they are interested in Ream, including possible loan or transfer deals for the young American. Red Bulls sporting director Erik Solér ruled out either move, but Ream was pleased by his acclimation to the style of play and the potential for a future someday in the Premiership.
“I felt more and more comfortable with each session,” Ream said. “Going to England is something I would like to do.”
Agent Patrick McCabe, who represents Ream, said that for now, it appears Ream will be returning for a third season at Red Bull Arena.
"The feedback was very positive and Tim was well received at Bolton and West Brom," McCabe said. "There has been interest in a loan deal for Tim, but at this point, we would be reluctant with a short-term arrangement like that. Red Bull is also opposed to a loan and we cannot necessarily disagree with their position. I think it will be difficult to find an agreement for all sides.
"Loan deals are low-risk ventures and very easy to walk away from and we need to look at the best long term position for Tim. Under the right conditions, Tim would be very interested in playing in England in the near future."