Bolton boss reveals defender admiration

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he would love to sign USA international defender Tim Ream, but admits he can understand why the New York Red Bulls are unwilling to sell.

Ream has been in England during the MLS off-season to maintain his fitness, and first spent a week in training with Roy Hodgson's West Brom.

The 24-year-old has since joined up with Bolton, and Coyle has been particularly impressed by the Red Bulls' centre-back.

Ream's exploits with Bolton has led to speculation that he could make the move to the Reebok Stadium during the January transfer window.

Coyle would certainly be keen to see that happen, but the Red Bulls have maintained that Ream will be rejoining them for the new MLS season.

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

"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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