Fulham's last-ditch effort to snatch Tim Ream away from Queens Park Rangers - the club he appeared set to join a few days ago - has been successful, according to Marc Iles, chief football writer for The Bolton News.
Iles reports Fulham will pay Bolton Wanderers around $2.7 million up front for Ream's services, with another $400,000 or so due as future considerations.
The deal is expected to be addressed by Bolton head coach Neil Lennon during his press conference after his club's match against Middlesbrough. And Iles also reports Fulham might announce their new signing this weekend.
Ream - the New York Red Bulls 2010 Defender of the Year - has spent three-and-a-half seasons at Bolton, transferring to the club when it was in the Premier League. Relegation soon followed, but Ream has perhaps benefited from the chance to establish himself in Bolton's first team during its current stint in the Championship. He has been named the club's Player of the Season for the past two seasons.