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The midfielder joins Villa on loan for the 2024/25 campaign

We are now into the second week of this summer’s women’s football transfer window, and it’s certainly been as busy as the first, as we start to see more clubs get involved.

The opening of the window was hotly anticipated, and as it neared there were a handful of high-profile players up for grabs. Over the last few days, their next moves have been confirmed. 

One of the most exciting announcements came from Manchester City, who confirmed the signing of Women’s Super League all-time top scorer Vivianne Miedema, after her shock exit from rivals Arsenal in May.

Next up, England international Fran Kirby revealed she is on her way to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls are certainly not letting the departure of Katie Robinson and potential exit of top-scorer Elisabeth Terland get them down, and instead Kirby’s arrival marks their third signing of the summer. 

The WSL’s reigning champions Chelsea have also been keeping busy, and this week confirmed the arrival of Barcelona’s Julia Bartel, amid reports that Lucy Bronze is also set to join on a free transfer. The addition of two Barcelona starlets will most definitely help ease the loss of midfielder Melanie Leupolz, who revealed her exit to Real Madrid.

Elsewhere, Manchester United confirmed the arrival of former Wolfsburg and Arsenal defender Dominique Janssen, while Spain forward Mariona Caldentey signed on the dotted line for the Gunners. 

Keep scrolling for more transfer news that you may have missed. 

The midfielder joins Villa on loan for the 2024/25 campaign

Baijings joins Villa on loan for the 2024/25 campaign / ANP/GettyImages

Netherlands international Jill Baijings has become Aston Villa’s first addition of the summer window, as she joins on loan from Bayern Munich. 

This marks Robert de Pauw’s first signing since being named head coach, and the move will see the pair be reunited after previously working together at Bayer Leverkusen. 

The 23-year-old has also enjoyed previous stints with Heerenveen and SGS Essen, as well as being capped eight times by the Dutch national team.

The news comes in the same week that the club also confirmed the contract extension of goalkeeper Anna Leat, until June 2025 with the option to extend for a further year. 

The 22-year-old will join the Hammers on a three-year deal

Martinez will join the Hammers on a three-year deal / Oliver Hardt/GettyImages

Germany Under-19 international Shekiera Martinez is set to join West Ham on a three-year contract. 

The 22-year-old arrives from Fruaen-Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, where she has spent the last eight years from the academy team…

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