The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Tim Ream from Bolton Wanderers on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Having now obtained a work permit, the 27-year-old joins the Whites until 2019, with a Club option to 2020.
“I’m more than pleased to be here,” Ream told the official website. “It’s been a long time coming now, over the past week and a half it’s gone back and forth so I’m glad its finally sorted.
“The biggest thing was the history, walking into the training ground and feeling the vibe around the Club and the success that previous American players have had here.”
After playing for Chicago Fire Premier during his college years, Ream joined New York Red Bulls in 2010 and was ever-present in his debut season as they secured the Eastern Conference title. He was subsequently shortlisted for the MLS Rookie of the Year award, but lost out to Andy Najar.
In January 2012, Ream moved to Bolton to replace Gary Cahill who had just joined Chelsea, and went on to make 13 Barclays Premier League appearances in the second half of the campaign. He leaves Wanderers having featured 126 times for the club, and the last two years saw him voted Player of the Season by their supporters.
Ream made his first appearance for the United States in a 1-0 win over South Africa in November 2010, and now has 13 caps for the national side.