Tim Ream is now the subject of bids from multiple teams. Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon told reporters that both Queens Park Rangers and Fulham have submitted bids for the United States defender, but that the club are in no rush to sell him.
"We have had two bids, one from QPR and one from Fulham," Lennon said. "Obviously [they are] not the valuation we see the player at so it is as you are. If and when a bid comes in that satisfies the club, we have a decision to make."
QPR's interest is several weeks old and they reportedly offered £1 million for the defender. It's fair to assume that Fulham's bid is in the same ballpark. Clearly, Bolton's valuation is higher.
Ream has won Bolton's Player of the Year in each of the last two years. He just signed a new contract at the club so they have no reason to sell him, but Lennon made it clear that there is a point where they will consider letting him go.
"You always make contingency plans. Every player has his price but at the moment we are in no panic to sell."
Ream was one of the Americans' better defenders at the Gold Cup -- not that it was a particularly high bar -- and should be in the mix to get more looks going forward. Both QPR and Fulham figure to have better chances at promotion to the Premier League than Bolton, but that's not especially important at this point.
Ream is already 27 years old and while it would be good if he played in the top flight, he's proven that he can grow and impress in the Championship as well. It's most important that he continues to play regularly, which he will do at Bolton. Whether he will at QPR or Fulham is up in the air, but those clubs also have more money than Bolton so not only could they pay his valuation if need be, they could also pay him bigger wages. So we wait and see. Maybe he's on the move, or maybe he's staying in the Championship. Both are pretty good options.