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Gunners told no deal over NYRB star

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Ream set to stay in New York next season. (©GettyImages)
Ream set to stay in New York next season. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal defender target Tim Ream will not be leaving the New York Red Bulls anytime soon, according to sporting director Erik Soler.

The 24-year-old USA international has been linked with a handful of clubs in England, with both Bolton and West Brom taking a closer look at the player on trial.

Both Roy Hodgson and Owen Coyle have been impressed by the centre back, and whilst the Gunners haven't also had a closer look at the player, manager Arsene Wenger is a known admirer.

“I won’t comment on specific clubs at this time but they are from England, France, Holland, Scotland and Germany. Arsenal did make an offer to purchase Tim at the end of the 2010 season. The offer was rejected," agent Patrick McCabe confirmed in November.

And the MLS side's stance is not about to change, with Ream seen as a key part of the club's future.

"Tim is going to play for us next year. I met with him, as I did with every single player after the season, and my message was very clear," Soler told MLSsoccer.com.

"We would like him to go on those two training sessions (with West Brom and Bolton) to gain experience, and also to have a personal benchmark on what the mid-or-lower Premier League would feel like.

"Apart from that we have absolutely no other plans than him returning here and gaining some experience that will be good for us."

NYRB teammates Thierry Henry is currently keeping his fitness during the MLS off-season by training with the Arsenal first team, and whilst fans would like to see the club legend make a first team return, a deal at the Emirates Stadium seems impossible.

And now Ream's possible north London switch appears out of the question, meaning Arsenal will have to search elsewhere if they want to resolve the defensive injury crisis currently affecting the club's full-backs.

Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson are all absentees at the current time, leaving Wenger drastically short in the position ahead of the hectic festive period.

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