Bolton Wanderers defender Tim Ream will stay at the club amid reports that he was set for a transfer to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
Ream will stay and fight for his place at the Reebok Stadium, after a slow start following his move from the New York Red Bulls in 2011. He made only 17 appearances last season for Dougie Freedman's side, with Zat Knight and David Wheater often being preferred at the heart of defence.
Ream was part of the side the was relegated from the Premier League in the 2011/12 season, but has struggled for first-team football after a managerial change.
And following his frustration, Ream was linked with a move to Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough. But his agent Partick MacCabe has since dismissed the move, stating his client will definitely remain at Bolton next season.
"The Middlesbrough thing took me aback a little bit," McCabe told the Bolton News. "If the have made an enquiry then they have done so to the club and not to me. Tim has very much liked being in Bolton. He is settled."
McCabe also stated that Ream will be fighting his hardest for a first-team place next season, beginning with the pre-season schedule, that begins with a game at Chester City on 27 July.
"Sure, he probably hasn't seen as much game time as he would have liked, but my impression is that he is looking forward to getting back into pre-season and working hard to change that," McCabe added. "He's hoping for a fresh start."
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