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By all accounts, New York Red Bulls and U.S. international centerback Tim Ream has struggled in his second season as a professional, but that doesn't necessarily mean that major clubs overseas haven't taken note of his potential.
According to reputable UK outlet The Independent, Arsenal has sent scouts to watch Ream in action during Wednesday night's MLS playoff match against FC Dallas. The Independent also states that the Red Bulls rejected Arsenal's bid of approximately $4 million for Ream this summer and he could be a candidate for a winter move to the Premier League.
Ream, 24, had a standout season as a rookie for the Red Bulls in 2010, earning high praise and eventual call-ups to the U.S. national team. His trademark attributes — composure on the ball, pinpoint passing — make him an attractive prospect, but he has been guilty of defensive lapses at times this season. He'll get a chance to prove his worth — both to the Red Bulls and the scouts in attendance — during Wednesday's one-off elimination game against FCD.
What do you make of this development? Could you see Ream suiting up for Arsenal and playing in the Premier League? Think this will affect his performance tonight?
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