Gunners face loan fight over USA international

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Arsenal appear set to miss out on USA international defender Tim Ream as West Bromwich Albion look to close on a deal for the player.

The New York Red Bulls full-back has been heavily linked with a move to England, possibly on a short-term deal, and subsequently impressed during a trial period in the Midlands.

"He has done very well. He has made a good impression on everybody and we think he’s going to be a good player," said manager Roy Hodgson.

"We would consider a loan, absolutely. It’s to do with New York Red Bulls and the MLS."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a reported admirer of the player, and was heavily linked with a trial offer for the 24-year-old back in November.

A move failed to materialise, but having Gunners legend Thierry Henry at the club could be crucial if they wish to make a last-ditch effort to bring the player to north London.

The former French international has been maintaining his fitness under Arsene Wenger during the MLS off-season, training with the Arsenal first team and also making an appearance at the Emirates Stadium for a statue unveiling prior to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary.

Wenger would be able to use his compatriot for a first-hand scouting report on the former Chicago Fire Premier player, although time appears to be ticking on Arsenal after their Barclays Premier League rivals admitted interest.

With Andre Santos ruled out for three months, Ream would seem to fit the needs of Arsenal at the current time, although the link has gone cold in recent weeks.

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