Arsenal face £4m Premier League fight over MLS star

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Arsenal face competition from West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream.

The MLS star confirmed the interest of the Gunners last week, with former club legend Thierry Henry reportedly recommending his teammate to former manager Arsene Wenger.

However, the Baggies have made their intentions clear, inviting the USA international for a trial at the Hawthorns ahead of a possible loan move during the American off-season.

With seven caps to his name already, international manager Jurgen Klinsmann has advised Ream to gain some domestic experience in Europe in an effort to develop his game further.

German outfit Salzburg are also thought to be keen, but it's the interest of Arsenal has caught the imagination in the player's homeland, and which the defender was forced to speak on.

"I guess its public knowledge now and there have been others [teams]," Ream said.

"It's good to have teams tracking you but it can't be a distraction either. If something comes of it, so be it. It would be a chance of a lifetime."

The Metro reports that Arsenal aren't just interested in a loan move for the player, with a £2.5 million claimed to have been made by the Emirates outfit already.

And, the report goes on to claim that Wenger is considering a £4 million January bid for the centre back, with the Frenchman looking to strengthen his Arsenal defence in the transfer window with support for Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen.

It's unclear if Roy Hodgson will be willing to match his Barclays Premier League rivals should Arsenal table a concrete offer, but a decision will have to be made before Christmas over the player's short-term, and possibly long-term future in England.

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