KENYA BROWN - Friday, August 21, 2015
U.S. defender Tim Ream has finalized his move to English Championship side Fulham by signing a four-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.
The 27-year-old will make the move to London from Bolton Wanderers after the Craven Cottage side came in with a bid against fellow Championship side Queen's Park Rangers. It was thought that Ream would be heading to Loftus Road, but he feels the move to Fulham is the right one for him professionally.
"I'm more than pleased to be here. It's been a long time coming now, over the past week and a half it's gone back and forth so I'm glad its finally sorted," said Ream on the Fulham website.
The native of St. Louis, Missouri, made his move to English soccer in 2012, signing with Bolton from Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls. He proved to be an important player for the Trotters as he played in more than 100 games across all competitions and earning two consecutive Player of the Season awards.
Fulham has a history of signing American players as those who have represented the team include Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride, Kasey Keller, Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Lewis, and Marcus Hahnemann. Ream will be in the presence of other American in the team such as Emerson Hyndman and Luca de la Torre.
"The biggest thing was the history, walking into the training ground and feeling the vibe around the Club and the success that previous American players have had here," he said.
Bolton were reluctant to sell Ream, but the team's dire financial situation forced them to make a deal in order to strengthen their team.
Ream's first opportunity to see action for his new team could come against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.