A general view of Rush Green Stadium West Ham United Women v Birmingham City Women WSL football match, Rush Green Stadium, London, UK - 15 Sep 2019 Photo: Joe Toth for The FA

West Ham United sign three-time Czech Footballer of the Year

West Ham United have completed the signing of three-time Czech Republic Footballer of the Year Kateřina Svitková as reported on The Hammers’ official website.

The midfielder is West Ham United boss Matt Beard’s third signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Australian international goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold and former Reading full-back Maz Pacheco.

Svitková has been recognised as the best player in the Czech Republic in 2015, 2018 and 2019. The attacking midfielder joins The Hammers from Slavia Prague where she netted 188 times in just 177 games since joining the club from Viktoria Plzeň in 2013. Svitková helped her side win the Czech league title on five separate occasions in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and in 2020, as well as lifting two Czech Women’s Cups.

The 24-year-old also made her full senior debut for the national team at just 17 years of age. The attacking midfielder has accumulated 31 appearances at international level in which she has scored 17 goals.

After signing on at Rush Green, Svitková told official West Ham United media channels “I’m very excited to join West Ham.

“It’s a very big club, with a big history and in a very nice city. I hope I can help the club to achieve their goals and I hope we will be successful together. I wanted to join West Ham because there are very good players here and I love the coaching staff. They have been brilliant, and I like their work.

“I am very excited to be with them and I think I can improve with them. I also think that the Barclays FA WSL is the best competition in the women’s game. I think England has the best players and it was my dream to play in England.”

Svitková will immediately link-up with her new teammates for pre-season training.

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