Bolton Wanderers are believed to be closing in on a deal that will bring United States international Tim Ream to the Reebok Stadium.
The centre-back has been identified by Trotters boss Owen Coyle as the man to replace Gary Cahill following his move to Chelsea today.
It has been reported that talks are at an advanced stage between both Bolton and his current employers New York Red Bulls.
Ream would be the ideal replacement for Cahill given his 6ft 1in frame and sturdy defensive style. The American, who has won seven full international caps for his country has been in England during the current MLS off-season, at West Bromwich Albion - who too have been in contention for his signature.
English audiences got a glimpse of Ream during this year's Emirates Cup competition whereby the defender impressed in both matches against Paris Saint German and Arsenal.
Coyle is in no doubt of the player's talents, but knows the deal is not complete just yet.
"We had Tim Ream in for a week and we would like him," he said. "We are close but we need to get an application in for a work permit so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves."
If Ream is to sign for Bolton this January, a deal broker might be fellow American international Stuart Holden who has proved a big hit in the Premier League since his move to Bolton from Houston Dynamo in 2010.
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