Arsenal to Scout Tim Ream During Playoffs; Gunners Reportedly Still Interested In US Defender

New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream might be playing more for a title this postseason. He could have a spot in the EPL on the line as well.

According to the Independent, Arsenal will have scouts in the US to watch Ream’s performance during the 2011 MLS Playoffs.

Interestingly, the report also goes on to say that the Gunners had a £2.5 Million bid rejected by the league/team, and that both Everton and West Brom are interested in securing Ream’s services as well.

All of this reported interest despite the fact that Ream anchored a porous New York defense on the season and also gave up the losing goal against Ecuador in a recent USMNT friendly.

On second thought, such iffy credentials actually might make him a perfect fit for the flighty, but talented, Gunners. Everton’s interest, if real, is actually far more telling, as David Moyes has proven to be a very shrewd judge of defensive talent while managing the Toffees.

On the season, the Red Bulls gave up the most goals in MLS (53). Ream played in 28 of the 34 matches on the season, and committed just 10 fouls and collected two yellow cards on the year.

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