COYLE EYES YANK REAM
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.”