Arsene Wenger
Wenger is keeping an eye on Ream. REUTERS

Arsenal are monitoring New York Red Bulls hotshot Tim Ream, who is about to begin a trial with West Brom in the MLS off-season.

Ream has made 58 appearances for the American side, and has shown potential that has seen numerous clubs in England chasing his signature.

And while Arsenal were said to be interested in in the starlet, West Brom have secured his services for a trial period set to begin next week.

Bolton are also reportedly planning on making a move to take Ream on a trial next year, but while the two sides are both going to see first-hand what the defender can do, Arsenal are continuing to monitor the situation with the plan to make a swoop if he adapts well to the Premier League.

Arsenal are on a constant lookout for defenders, and after the side signed Per Mertesacker in the summer, the Germany international has failed to adapt to the English style of football thus far.

And with this in mind, Wenger is weary of choosing players who haven't had experience in England, let alone Europe, and the Arsenal manager will be looking to see how Ream performs away from the MLS.

Ream plays alongside Thierry Henry for New York, and Henry is currently training with the Arsenal squad to keep fit in his off season. And if Wenger likes what he sees in the United States international, Henry would certainly be able to have a hand in helping the star make the move to the Emirates.

With Sebastien Squillaci on the out at Arsenal, the Gunners will be hopeful that Ream doesn't sign a deal with Bolton or West Brom until the club can compete for his signature.

Ream is valued at around £4 million,and Wenger will no doubt see the stopper as a bargain if he believes he has the potential to go far in the Premier League and Champions League.