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Coyle still keen on Ream

Bolton boss Owen Coyle can understand why the New York Red Bulls want to keep hold of Tim Ream - but has not ruled out a move for the United States defender in January.

With Major League Soccer currently in its off-season, Ream spent last week with West Brom keeping up his fitness, and this week is training with Wanderers. Red Bulls sporting director Eric Soler has stressed the 24-year-old has made the trip to England to gain experience and that as far as he is concerned, Ream will be with the American club next year.

Coyle said: "Would we like to have him at the football club? Absolutely. Red Bulls have said that he is not for sale and that is totally understandable - I would say that about my top players."

He added: "Tim Ream is an outstanding player. He is someone I have known about for a couple of years now and I have watched his games extensively.

"I can totally understand why the Red Bulls would say he is their player, because he is a prized asset.

"But he has come in here, conducted himself very well and shown his quality - he has a lot of similar qualities to (Bolton's USA international) Stuart Holden, in terms of mentality and how he sees the game and wants to progress, and those are attributes I love.

"He is a New York Red Bulls player and I wouldn't say anything else beside that because you have to respect that he has come in for a week's training with the permission of the club.

"We'll leave it at that for the moment, and we'll see what January brings."

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