Brighton & Hove Albion have signed France international midfielder Lea Le Garrec (26) from Guingamp on a one-year-deal, subject to international clearance.
Head coach Hope Powell told the club’s website: “It is a pleasure to welcome Lea to the club, and she is someone with plenty of experience of playing at the very highest level in France, and for the national team too.
“Lea will add to the healthy competition for places in the midfield positions, and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”
Le Garrec also previously played for the likes of Paris St Germain and Saint Malo, while representing France from every level from U16s to the seniors, and was part of the squad that won the U-19 Euros in 2010.
Le Garrec explained how she had fulfilled a childhood ambition by making the switch to English football.
She said: “It was an opportunity to work with a top coach like Hope Powell, and I’m very impressed with what the club has to offer, which includes both the training facilities and the stadium.
“It was always my dream to play in England or the United States, so I had no hesitation in grabbing this opportunity.”