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Charlotte FC finalizing deal to sign Nathan Byrne from Derby County

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Byrne was a regular during his two years with Derby County.
Byrne was a regular during his two years with Derby County. / Athena Pictures/GettyImages

Charlotte FC are finalizing a deal to sign Derby County full-back Nathan Byrne, 90min understands.

With the MLS secondary transfer window closing on Thursday, CLTFC are working hard to strengthen their roster as they seek to stay above the Playoff line in their expansion season.

90min sources confirmed Charlotte are working on a deal to sign center-back Adilson Malanda from French Ligue 2 club Rodez, with Venezuelan Christian Makoun heading to the New England Revolution.

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But CLTFC are also looking to strengthen on the flanks, too, with sources telling 90min the club have reached an agreement with Byrne, who underwent a successful medical in Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon.

The 30-year-old will join Charlotte on a permanent basis after he exercised his right to leave Pride Park this pre-season, per Derby Telegraph. Byrne is believed to be signing a multi-year contract at Bank of America Stadium, with an official announcement expected imminently.

Byrne played 82 Championship games and provided six assists across two seasons with Derby, joining the Rams from Wigan Athletic in 2020. The St Albans-born defender started his career in the Tottenham Hotspur youth ranks and has also enjoyed spells with the likes of Swindon Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, though this will be his first time playing outside of England.

Charlotte native Jaylin Lindsay and MLS veteran Harrison Afful have shared most of the minutes at right-back this season, but the latter is now 36 years old and a more long-term option is required.