West Ham have brought in 18-year-old Mel Filis, an ever-present midfielder with London Bees in the FA Women’s Championship last season.
Filis came through the ranks at Arsenal, making her senior Gunners debut in December 2018 at the age of 16 and has also represented England at U-17 and U-19 levels.
She told West Ham TV: “I’m looking forward to coming into the environment as a young player to really kick-off my pro career and play in the WSL. I like the intensity of the playing style, which will really suit me because I like to play a high energy game. I’m really excited to get going and can’t wait to get the season underway.”
Head coach Olli Harder told whufc.com: “Mel is a young England international with a lot of potential. She first caught my eye with her attitude, and she is extremely dedicated, wants to work hard and understands the environment she is coming into.
“She has come through the Arsenal academy, where she has been educated well and has a fantastic work ethic. She is somebody that we’re looking to invest into for the future and she will add value to the team.”