Jodie Taylor has signed for Arsenal Ladies from Portland Thorns in the American National Women's Soccer League.

An England international, Taylor was a key part of the Lionesses’ World Cup campaign last summer. She featured in four games during the tournament, scoring England’s opener in the quarter final victory over hosts Canada.

Born in Birkenhead, 29-year-old Jodie has enjoyed spells with clubs in Australia, Sweden and England as well as the United States. She has represented Lincoln Ladies and Birmingham City in the FA Women’s Super League, winning the FA Cup with the Blues in 2012.

Arsenal Ladies manager Pedro Martinez Losa said: “Jodie is someone that I know well from my time in the United States. She is an excellent player, who has been at the top level for many years.

"Her movement off the ball, her ability to work for the team and her ability to score goals will make her a great addition to our team. She is a fantastic character too. I am very pleased to welcome her to the club.”

The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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24 Mar 2016