Claudia Walker signs for West Ham from Birmingham City

Claudia Walker gives a thumbs up.
Claudia Walker gestures during the FA Women's Super League match between Birmingham City and Reading at SportNation.bet Stadium in Solihull, England. (Photo by IMAGO / Sports Press Photo)

Claudia Walker has left Birmingham City to join West Ham United on a two-year contract.

The forward is the Irons’ third signing, having already recruited Tameka Yallop and Zaneta Wyne.

Walker scored an impressive eight goals for the Blues in all competitions last season, including one against the Hammers last November. She also scored the winning goal in the first ever Women’s Super League Midlands derby against Aston Villa.

Impressive track record

Walker comes with a wealth of experience, starting her career at Liverpool when they won the WSL. She then moved to Everton, helping them win the WSL 2 Spring Series by scoring an impressive seven goals in nine matches.

She has also played for England U17s, U19s and the U23s – playing either as a central striker or on the wing.

At 25 years of age, Walker is in her prime and will be keen to impress again this season. Moving down to East London to an ambitious club like West Ham is a tremendous move for her.

Olli Harder excited by Walker

The Irons struggled in front of goal last season, only scoring 21 goals in 22 matches as a whole. Head coach Olli Harder is looking forward to seeing what Walker can deliver.

It’s not just about scoring goals. Walker is equally known for what she can also do off the ball and works exceptionally hard for her team. She’s a natural at holding the ball up when played as a lone striker.

Walker thrives on getting on the receiving end of quality balls into the middle. If the likes of Adriana Leon and Kateřina Svitková can produce the assists, Walker will provide the finishes.

Off the pitch, she is a massive Harry Potter fan and will certainly become a fans’ favourite if she continues with her spellbinding performances.

Walker will wear the No.9 shirt for West Ham.

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