West Ham have added 19-year-old left-back Filippa Wallén to their ranks, making her their second signing of the winter window.
The young Swedish defender joins the Hammers from IF Brommapojkarna. She made 28 appearances for the Swedish side in 2019.
She has been one of Brommapojkarna’s best players in her time at the club – a club that plays their football in the Swedish second tier.
In joining West Ham, Wallén signs her first professional deal – which is an exciting prospect. Speaking to ifbp.se, she said: “I am so madly grateful that as a female footballer I was born into this generation.
“I, and all the girls, can finally fulfil our dreams of playing football at an international professional level today.
“This move has meant that I can feed on football and that I get to enjoy the great club’s professional atmosphere and good conditions.”
Brommapojkarna boss Staffan Jacobsson is sorry to see Wallén leave. “Fun for Filippa to have this opportunity,” The Swede said. “She has had a great development during her years with us and received three full seasons with senior games.
“We can only wish her all the best and hope we will see her again.”
West Ham coach Matt Beard is excited to see her in action. “Filippa is a talented and pacey full-back who has already shown her quality, despite her young age, in Swedish football,” Beard said.
Filippa Wallén will wear the number 13 shirt for West Ham. West Ham’s match with Everton this weekend has been called off due to a flu virus that has struck the side.
She could make her debut when the Hammers travel to Spurs on January 12.