World Cup-winning Japan international Mana Iwabuchi is to join Aston Villa Women from INAC Kobe Leonessa.
The 27-year-old forward who has over 70 caps for her country – has also been an Olympic silver medallist, league champion in Germany as well as Japan – will meet her new teammates in January.
Head Coach, Gemma Davies told avfc.co.uk: “We are exceptionally excited that a player of Mana’s calibre will be joining us in January. Not only will she bring a wealth of experience to the squad, but she will also add a different dimension to our attacking play. She is a very technical player that thrives in tight spaces and we cannot wait to see her continue to develop at Aston Villa.”
Sporting Director, Eni Aluko added: “Mana is an exciting and creative goal-scorer who will bring World Cup-winning experience to the club. I am delighted Mana has chosen to join Aston Villa Women to drive us forward in our Barclays FA Women’s Super League journey, whilst also choosing our elite environment to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.”