West Ham United sign forward Claudia Walker
West Ham United Women are delighted to announce the signing of Claudia Walker.
The forward joins from Birmingham City after her contract expired with the Blues.
Walker scored five times for Carla Ward’s side, which included a goal against the Hammers in early November.
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Walker is excited to get going in east London and can’t wait to get going in Claret & Blue!
“I’m delighted to join West Ham United," explained Walker told West Ham TV. "It’s a massive opportunity! The ambition the club has is something that I feel I can not only add value to, but something that I really wanted to be apart of.
“The way that the team plays really suits my style, I like to be aggressive, and look to be in the faces of the opposition at every opportunity so I think I complement the manager’s way of playing.”
Olli Harder spoke of his delight in bringing the talented forward to the football club:
“Claudia is somebody who I have admired since coming to England. The things that she does off the ball are exceptional and she works extremely hard for her team.
“As I’ve said before, the culture of this club is all about playing for the team and we want people who embody that, and we believe Claudia will do that.
“She’s somebody who knows where the back of the net is and we believe that there is a lot more potential in her in regards to increasing those goalscoring numbers.
“She’s quick, powerful and has a fantastic attitude, we’re delighted to bring her to the Club, he added.”
Walker has had a long history in the top division of women’s football. Having begun her career at Stoke City, coming through the Potters’ youth academy Walker moved to Liverpool in 2014 during their title winning campaign.
She then made the move to City rivals Everton in 2015 and was an integral part of the Toffee’s side during their 2016 WSL 2 campaign, where she finished as the club’s top scorer.
She also helped the Club secure the WSL 2 Spring Series in 2017, netting seven times in nine appearances.
Walker then moved to Birmingham City on an initial loan deal before making the move to the Midlands club permanent at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. The forward’s importance to the side continued to grow, as she was given more opportunities to showcase her talent.
Last season was Walker’s best in front of goal, scoring five times to help secure safety for her previous employees.
Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Claudia well during her time in Claret & Blue.