Everton manager Willie Kirk has pulled off another major transfer coup with the signing of French international striker Valerie Gauvin according to reports on The Blues Girls’ official website.
The 24-year-old joins the Merseyside club from French side Montpellier HSC. She has signed a three-year deal at Walton Hall Park.
Gauvin becomes Everton’s fifth signing of the summer with international experience following the additions of Poppy Pattinson, Ingrid Moe Wold, Nicoline Sorensen and Rikke Sevecke.
The forward started out with Toulouse where she spent the first three years of her senior career before joining latest club Montpellier HSC in 2014. Gauvin has represented La Paillade in the UEFA Champions League while she has forced her way into the French national side during her time at the Stade Jules Rimet. She has been capped by Les Bleues on 30 occasions while she has netted 14 goals for her country. Gauvin represented France at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and netted goals in victories over Norway and Brazil.
After securing Gauvin’s signature, Everton boss Kirk told the club’s official media sources “Signing Valerie is a real coup for the Club and a sign of our ambition.
“For me, she is already one of the top strikers in Europe and taking into account her age and mindset, she will continue to get even better, and I’m delighted to be part of that future development.
“She is going to add a focal point to our attack and will be an important part of what is now a very exciting squad that we have put together.
“Sarvar (Ismailov, Everton Women Sporting Director) has worked tirelessly to get this deal done, and it shows his commitment and ambition to the Club with what we want to achieve here.”
Gauvin will wear the number 19 shirt for Everton during the 2020/2021 season.