The 27-year-old American defender has penned a four-year contract at Craven Cottage.
Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 20, 2015
After three-and-a-half years at the Macron Stadium, Tim Ream is a Bolton Wanderers player no longer, having opted to sign for Fulham over London neighbours Queens Park Rangers.
The 27-year-old defender first joined Bolton from the New York Red Bulls in January 2012 for a reported £2.5 million fee and went on to make 126 total appearances for the club, while operating at either centre-half, left-back or even in midfield.
Though he struggled during his first 18 months with the Lancashire outfit, the versatile American later found his feet in the Championship and won his second-straight Player of the Year award last term after helping the Trotters escape relegation trouble.
His impressive form also earned him a recall to the US national team after a prolonged absence and, after starting two of the side’s six games at last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 15-times capped stopper returned to England to find interest in his signature hotting up.
QPR ended up chasing the former MLS star for several weeks but, in the end, it was Fulham who managed to get a deal done for a fee believed to be around £1.75 million, rising to £2 million.
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With the move, Ream joins Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson and current midfielder Emerson Hyndman as the latest American to call Craven Cottage home, and the St Louis-native has admitted that the "Fulhamerica" tag was a big factor in his decision to choose the Whites over their London rivals.
Speaking to Pro Soccer Talk after competing his switch, the left-footed defender said: “Knowing and watching Brian McBride most of all, playing at the same University as him at St. Louis, I really followed his career and watched him do so well here for so many years.
“Then with Clint [Dempsey] and Carlos [Bocanegra] carrying that torch after him, it definitely swayed me in that aspect, knowing how much history Americans have at this club and a history of doing well. That was the tipping point.”
At the same time, though, he also stressed that leaving Bolton was a tough decision, adding: “When I left Bolton’s training ground on Thursday it was surreal. I spent the last three-and-a-half years there and it has been home. I’ve met a lot of good people and created a lot of good friendships. It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make but it is an exciting time.”
It now remains to be seen whether Ream will be able to replicate the exploits of his compatriots at Fulham but, regardless, his loss will no doubt be felt at Bolton for a while.
With the deal now done and dusted, here’s how both sets of supporters reacted on Twitter to the news of his move to London...
Tim "the American Dream" Ream it's got a ring to it #ffc— Mike Faulkner (@Mikefaulknerffc) August 20, 2015
Had a feeling we'd use Pisano and Silva to try and mask over the Ream news.... #bwfc— Matty Rowland (@MattyBolton9) August 20, 2015
Gutted that Ream's left, never really had a bad word to say about him....except his shooting, his shooting was awful #bwfc— Willy C (@cuttybang91) August 20, 2015
Ream will hopefully be a solid signing but still doesn't excite me much. Hopefully more to come #FFC— Patrick Dodds (@fulhampat) August 20, 2015
2 good years, 1 1/2 awful years Ok player in bad times but I won't miss Ream as much as a lot of people seem to (or at all, really) #BWFC— James Derbyshire (@JDerbyshireBWFC) August 20, 2015
Good sign that Bolton fans seem upset at losing T Ream. Let's hope we use him properly & don't stick him on the left wing or something. #FFC— Morgan Calton (@mccalton) August 20, 2015
Right, now the Ream deal is done lets go and get ALF as we have some money......ah never mind... #BWFC— Boothy (@Boothy9469) August 20, 2015