Tim Ream Gets Work Permit, Bolton Move On The Way

Tim Ream Gets Work Permit, Bolton Move On The Way

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 23, 2012
  • Bolton, Features, Tim Ream

Tim Ream has seen his last days in MLS. (Getty Images)

Add Tim Ream to the list of Americans on the move this winter. According to reports, the New York Red Bull defender has received his work permit, clearing the way for a permeant move to Bolton.

Ream would leave the New York Red Bulls on a transfer worth £2.5million, which would be a record price for a MLS defender.

Ream will become the second U.S. men’s national team player on Bolton’s roster, with injured midfielder Stuart Holden being the other.

While some (like me) weren’t always the biggest fans of Ream and his game, you can’t deny that this is a big move for him and for the league. I think it is pretty cool to see an EPL club step up and pay this kind of price for a defender that for the most part had a down 2011 season.

New York will pocket a good bit of coin in the deal and have some room to do some work with their defense. They have Stephen Keel and newcomer Markus Holgersson. Both should be a decent duo to start out with but once again the Red Bulls will need to address their depth issue that plagued them all last season.