An offer he can't refuse Bolton to tempt Ream with deal worth 30 times his salary
Mega-money: Tim Ream
Bolton will offer Tim Ream 30 times his basic salary to become Gary Cahill’s replacement at the Reebok Stadium.
Cahill’s 7million move to Chelsea is
being held up over personal terms, but the England defender’s current
35,000-a-week deal is equivalent to the modest $55,000 Ream earned in
an entire year with New York Red Bulls in the last Major League Soccer
The 24-year-old US international is
in line for a pay rise but nothing like the 20,000-a-week he can expect
at Bolton if his 3m move goes through, with manager Owen Coyle
insisting that it is not dependent on Cahill completing his switch to
‘I don’t alter my targets in terms of whether Gary is here or not,’ said Coyle. ‘I have a picture in my mind of how I think I can develop the football club. We have to plan and that is what we are doing.
‘If Gary stays, we will still want the same players to come to the club to help us. If it is impossible financially, only time will tell on that. In an ideal world, you would love to know you have X amount to spend. We’ve never had the luxury of that, but it’s not something I get too fussed about.
‘Tim Ream’s a fantastic player and one I like, as do a number of clubs. It was only in the summer that Arsenal tried to bring him in. It’s one of course we will continue to pursue and we’ll see if it transpires.’
Should he stay or should he go now Gary Cahill
While Cahill’s representatives continue to negotiate with his prospective new club, Coyle must decide whether to include the 26-year-old in Saturday's game at Manchester United – another team linked with the defender in recent weeks.
And the Bolton boss warned Chelsea that the talking cannot go on forever, saying: ‘There comes a point when you would ultimately have to draw a line in the sand. Both parties are probably thinking along the lines of how long can you continue talking for.
‘We agreed the fee a couple of weeks ago now, but obviously it has been long and drawn out. Gary understands that negotiations can sometimes be tedious and complex.
‘We’ve had this for the last two weeks, in terms of when the cut-off point is. It’s getting a bit tight for Saturday but at some point, to be fair to the other lads, I have formulate my mind as to what is the best way to go at Manchester United.’