Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By NEIL JOHN­STON

BOLTON boss Owen Coyle will pounce for USA de­fender Tim Ream as a re­place­ment for Chelseabound Gary Cahill.

Ream has al­ready had a one-week trial with the strug­gling Trot­ters.

And Coyle is con­fi­dent of land­ing the 6ft 1in in­ter­na­tional for a cut-price £1.5mil­lion from New York Red Bulls.

Eng­land cen­tre-half Cahill’s £7m move to Stam­ford Bridge is close to be­ing rub­ber-stamped.

Loan sign­ing Gael Kakuta – who failed to make the squad for the 2-0 Box­ing Day home de­feat to New­cas­tle – is set to re­turn to Chelsea. JOE HART has ad­mit­ted Man City are feel­ing the pres­sure – but in­sists Roberto Mancini’s side are still the ones to beat.

City’s fail­ure to beat West Brom on Box­ing Day means ri­vals Manch­ester United will start 2012 in pole po­si­tion if Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops avoid de­feat to strug­gling Black­burn on Satur­day.

That will pro­vide the Reds – who’ve been chas­ing City for most of the cam­paign – with a huge psy­cho­log­i­cal boost.

But Hart is con­fi­dent City will not lose their bot­tle even though he says big-spend­ing Blues are feel­ing the strain af­ter the goal­less stale­mate at the Hawthorns.

The Eng­land goal­keeper said: “Of course we feel the pres­sure. Ev­ery­one felt the pres­sure from West Brom. We felt the pres­sure from Odemwingie and Shane Long.

“There is all sorts of pres­sure, but we’re ap­ply­ing pres­sure as well which is what makes it so good.

“At the end of it, we want to be win­ning games but if you aren’t win­ning it’s still nice to have that cush­ion of be­ing top of the league.

“But you have got to earn this ti­tle. It’s hard work.”

Hart added: “We are top of the league, still play­ing well, still cre­at­ing chances.

“It’s not al­ways go­ing to be as easy as we’ve made it look.”

United skip­per Pa­trice Evra reck­ons team­work is the key to mak­ing that pres­sure tell on their noisy neigh­bours.

The left-back – who has been forced to play in cen­tral de­fence be­cause of United’s crip­pling in­jury list – says Fergie’s boys are just hit­ting their stride.

“This is the United spirit – you can play ev­ery­where. “If you want to win, you have to ac­cept it,” he said. “You can see An­to­nio Va­len­cia play­ing right-back as well – only be­cause United play like a team.

“The team is the star, not only one player. That’s why you can put me and Michael Car­rick at cen­tre-back. “We’re go­ing to win be­cause it’s the team ef­fort and team spirit. “That is why con­fi­dent.

“I’ve said that from the be­gin­ning – in six years play­ing here – the Manch­ester United spirit... no other team has got that.

“This is United. This is why I’m so proud to play here.

“What the fans ex­pect of ev­ery player, we are do­ing now. “That’s why I am very pleased.”

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