Bolton manager Owen Coyle is disappointed by the imminent sale of Gary Cahill to Chelsea but believes he has found a fitting replacement.
Cahill travelled to London on Friday and is expected to complete a seven-million-pound switch to Stamford Bridge in the next 48 hours.
The England international was absent on Saturday as Bolton fell to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United and Coyle confirmed after the game that the club are close to completing a 2.5-million-pound deal to bring New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream to the Reebok stadium.
“Gary (Cahill) was obviously in my plans before today but between the relevant parties they moved closer to the agreement they needed to make,” Coyle said.
“Gary travelled down to London yesterday for a medical, which I believe has been concluded. You never want to lose a player of that class but we wish him the best.”
“We are very close to bringing in a replacement. Tim Ream is a terrific young player but at the same time we need to respectful to New York Red Bulls and the MLS while we wait.”
“Do we want to bring him the club? Yes, he has impressed us but we need to apply for a work permit.”
Paul Scholes made a fairytale comeback to Premier League football with the opening goal at Old Trafford on the stroke of half-time, just a week after his decision to come out of retirement.
United completed the victory in the second-half thanks to goals from Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick, but Coyle insists his side could take plenty of positives from the game despite dropping to second bottom in the Premier League table.
“I think there are a lot of positives to take from the game. Coming to Manchester United, you know anything is a bonus,” he added.
“I think it would have been ideal to get to half-time at 0-0 but I thought we were more likely to get the second goal in the first 20-25 minutes of the second-half. The second goal was the killer and I thought the third was a little harsh on us.”
Coyle’s counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with United’s attacking threat the win, reserving special praise for first-half goalscorer Scholes.
“I’m happy with the scoreline,” Ferguson said. “I thought the football we played was very good and we missed some good chances.”
“The penetration and running off the ball was very pleasing. But we had to wait until right on half-time to get the goal, which put us in a more comfortable position.”
“Paul Scholes popped up there when he should have been sitting in the centre of midfield and controlling things. But he’s got that instinct for goal – he’s always had it as a kid – and he’s delivered for us again.”
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