Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls' defender Tim Ream and have shown plenty of interest in the player ahead of the January transfer window. Ream, 24, had an outstanding season, last year, and it is believed the London club could acquire the player's services on the cheap, if they play their cards right.

Ream has admitted that being scouted by onf of Europe's elite clubs is an honor but also added that he would not get carried away by being in the spotlight and felt he had plenty of improving to do, at the Red Bull Arena.

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Ream went on to comment that there were always scouts and managers interested in the progres of players and although being linked to a club like Arsenal was an honor, he did not want the news to distract him. He did also say that if something concrete did materialize, it would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

In addition to the Gunners, other Premiership clubs like West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers have also targeted the defender, according to a Tribalfootball report.

Timothy Tim Ream was one of three players listed for the MLS Rookie of the Year award, at the end of 2010 season. Ream ended his first professional season starting all 30 matches for his club and winning the club's second regular season Eastern Conference title.

Ream has made 65 appearances for the Red Bulls thus far.