Rumour Mill: January 13 - Review

  • January 13, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Friday the 13th is supposedly an unlucky day in the modern world but for Bolton Wanderers, it proved to be the day where everything fell in to place.

After weeks of speculation over the future of Gary Cahill, a deal finally looks set to go through, with USA international Tim Ream coming in to replace the England central defender.

We shall start elsewhere, though, with the news that West Ham United have not made any formal offer for Wanderers captain Kevin Davies.

Davies has been in and out of Owen Coyle's team this season after enduring a difficult first half of the campaign. He had been linked with a move to the Boleyn Ground and a reunion with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who brought him to the Reebok Stadium from Southampton in the summer of 2003.

On Thursday, Coyle insisted he was not looking to sell the skipper and Allardyce followed up by playing down reports that he had made an offer for the once capped England international.

"There's nothing in that as far as I'm concerned," Allardyce said.

"I haven't spoken to Owen Coyle. At the moment I don't know anything about that scenario."

Moving back to the Gary Cahill transfer saga, whispers were heard all afternoon about possible movement at Bolton's training ground.

It started in the afternoon, with Sky Sports breaking the news that New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream had been spotted at the club's Euxton training ground.

Reports of Ream's arrival sparked speculation regarding the future of Cahill and a possible chain reaction of transfer dealings.

Then, later in the evening, it emerged that Cahill was pulled out of Bolton training on Thursday afternoon to hold talks with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay and a deal had been agreed, subject to the player passing a medical.

Cahill is understood to have travelled down to London on Friday evening and if all goes to plan, he could be unveiled as a Blues player ahead of their game against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Shortly after this news broke, the chain reaction that was expected began to take effect. Within 30 minutes of the Cahill news going public, it emerged that Tim Ream had passed a medical with Wanderers and is set to pen a deal with the club, subject to a work permit being granted.

The 24-year-old only turned professional in 2010 and despite earning seven caps for the United States, he is expected to see his application refused. Should this prove to be the case, Bolton are confident that the player will be granted a permit upon appeal and a deal can be completed by the end of next week.

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