By Michael Lewis
Defensive help could be coming to New York City FC sooner than later.
And it is expected to be in the form of Swedish international right back Anton Tinnerholm.
Swedish newspaper SportExpressen reported Monday that Tinnerholm has signed with the Major League Soccer club and that it would be announced soon. The NYCNation originally reported in the U.S. about Tinnerholm’s signing.
The 26-year-old Tinnerholm’s contract with Malmo FF has expired and would join NYCFC on a free transfer. He recently visited Levski Sofia (Bulgaria) and has been interested in Fortuna Dusseldorf (Germany) as well, SportExpressen said.
He is supposed to travel to New York to undergo the medical examination, the newspaper reported.
Tinnerholm would fit in well with head coach Patrick Vieira’s defensive style of having an attacking right back.
Vieira is revamping his backline as the team last month declined the options on right backs RJ Allen, Andraz Struna and Ethan White.
On Sunday, City traded center back Frederic Brillant to D.C. United for $75,000 in general allocation money and a 2018 international roster spot.
Tinnerholm played for Åtvidabergs FF from 2008-2014 before joining Malmo in 2014.
He has made seven appearances for Sweden, making his debut in 2015.