Ream unfazed by Cahill comparisons

The deal was wrapped up on Thursday after the United States international defender was granted a work permit, with Ream signing for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Cahill's switch to Chelsea has left big boots to fill, but Ream said: "Whenever you sell a player and bring another player in of the same position, you're going to have that comparison. People are going to say, 'he's not this, he doesn't do this as well as Gary', but you've just got to take it and roll with it."

He added: "Everybody's their own player so I just have to do what I'm good at and hopefully everybody will like me."

The 24-year-old will have to wait for his debut as he must return to the States to tie up the last of the paperwork.

That is almost certain to mean Ream will be unavailable not just for Saturday's FA Cup clash with Swansea but also Wednesday's Barclays Premier League meeting with Arsenal and his former Red Bulls team-mate Thierry Henry.

"I'm hoping to be back either late Wednesday night or early Thursday and hopefully be available for the following weekend (against Norwich)," said Ream.

"When all this started really getting serious and we were looking at time-frames I was looking at the Arsenal game and thinking how incredible it would be to go up against Thierry."

Ream has been hugely impressed by the Frenchman's talents, and he added: "I don't think his qualities will ever diminish no matter how old he is, which is scary to say. He is unbelievable."

Source: PA

Source: PA