Arsenal Women have confirmed the signing of Australian midfielder Kyra Cooney-Cross from Hammarby, as exclusively reported by Arseblog News earlier on Thursday (alongside Rich Laverty).
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The player was also on the radar of Chelsea and Manchester United but with Cooney-Cross’ contract set to expire in December, many clubs baulked at the fee- believed to be £140,000 rising to £250,000 dependent on bonuses- and planned to re-assess in January when she would be a free agent.
Arsenal stole in and decided to put the money down, with Cooney-Cross flying into London on Thursday morning to complete her medical with Arsenal and Hammarby agreeing a deal on Wednesday evening. Cooney-Cross attended Arsenal’s game against Linkoping in Sweden last week.
Cooney-Cross told Arsenal.com, “I’m so excited to join this club,” said Kyra. “Arsenal just felt right as soon as I heard about the interest. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium in front of a big crowd for our first game there this season. I can’t wait to get started and help us achieve something big together.”
Head Coach Jonas Eidevall said: “Kyra is one of the best young players in world football and we are delighted to have brought her to Arsenal. Her passing ability and explosiveness allow her to affect games in a way you rarely see from such a young player, so we firmly believe she will be an excellent addition to our midfield, now and in the future.”
Head of Women’s Football Clare Wheatley said: “We are so pleased to have brought Kyra to our club. At the age of 21, she already has impressive experience at domestic and international level and we believe she has huge potential for future development. Together with our supporters, we welcome Kyra to the Arsenal family and look forward to seeing her play in the red and white.”