General view during the Belgium v Spain UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Quarter Final football match at Walsall FC Stadium, Walsall, UK on the 14th May 2018. Photo: Paul Currie for FA

Portuguese international striker signs for Aston Villa

Newly-promoted Aston Villa have confirmed the acquisition of Portuguese international forward Diana Silva ahead of their debut season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with the deal being announced on their official website.

The striker has made 58 appearances for the Portugal national team thus far and represented them in the nation’s first ever appearance at a UEFA Women’s European Championship in 2017.

Silva made a name for herself in Portugal after being promoted into the Atlético Ouriense side at just 13 years of age, in part due to them having no youth sides. She featured 124 times for the Ourém-based club, scoring 89 times before later finding herself at Sporting Lisbon. The 25-year-old scored 19 goals during her time in the Portuguese capital and caught the eye of Villa manager Gemma Davies.

“We’re very excited about Diana” Davies told official Aston Villa media channels after completing the deal. “She’s a young, energetic forward who’s very technical and likes to drive at players 1v1.

“We’ve picked up a young talent who’s been doing very well with her national team and scoring goals.

“We’ve been monitoring her progress since before lockdown and we’re really excited that she’s finally an Aston Villa player.”

Silva is The Villains’ third signing of the summer following the transfers of Chloe Arthur and Anita Asante. It is unlikely that this will be a case of ‘business done’ for Davies if the club are hoping compete strongly in the top flight once the campaign commences in September.

With the departure of last season’s top scorer Melissa Johnson this summer, Villa may yet bring in another big name forward to help contribute goals to their cause this season.

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