WSL transfer window: Who could be on the move this January?

Debinha, Emily Ramsey, Mana Iwabuchi and Bethany England
Debinha, Emily Ramsey, Mana Iwabuchi and Bethany England are among the names who could be involved during the transfer window

Women’s Super League clubs are not in action for a few weeks but they are still busy with the January transfer window set to open on Sunday.

Top clubs may look to spend money as they fight for silverware, while teams at the bottom of the table need to add quality to avoid relegation.

Here we take a look at some of the deals that could happen over the next few weeks.

Who could be on the move?

Brazilian international Debinha
Brazilian international Debinha is a free agent and several clubs have been fighting for her signature

Arsenal are favorites to sign North Carolina Courage midfielder Debinha31, who has already confirmed she would be leavingexternal-link the United States club.

The Gunners could also sign Danish midfielder Kathrine Kuhl19, and Canadian forward Chloe Lacasse29.

Chelsea forward Bethany England28, is expected to join London rivals Tottenham, who had a bid turned down for the striker in the summer.

Leicester are interested in bringing in Manchester United forward Rachel Williams34, on loan.

Everton could sign Manchester United goalkeeper Emily Ramsey22, on a permanent deal after she joined the club on loan in the summer.

Rangers midfielder Samantha Kerr23, has been a target for Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have shown interest in Everton defender Gabby George25, but she has two years remaining on her contract with the Toffees.

City have also inquired about Lyon midfielder Damaris Egurrola23, and could renew their interest in Juventus midfielder Julia Grosso22, who they pursued in the summer.

Carla Humphrey
Liverpool midfielder Carla Humphrey joined the club in July 2021

Manchester United could be willing to listen to offers for midfielders Lucy Staniforth30 with Aston Villa among those interested.

Celtic forward Jacynta Galabadaarachchi21, has had interest from several Spanish clubs including Levante and Real Betis but could be attracted to the WSL.

Norwegian midfielder Therese Asland27, is a target for Real Madrid but has also had interest from several WSL clubs.

Blackburn midfielder Emma Doyle23, has had interest from Leicester but she remains under contract at her club so could prove difficult to move.

Liverpool midfielder Carla Humphrey26, could go out on loan, while Chelsea could recall defender Charlotte Wardlaw19, from her loan spell with the Reds because of a lack of game time.

Chelsea had an offer for Paris St-Germain midfielder Grace Geyoro25, rejected in the summer but they could renew their interest in January.

Chicago Red Stars defender Zoe Morse24, has attracted attention from a few English clubs, while Reading are among those interested in Ghana international Wasila Diwura-Soale26.

Everton have inquired about HB Koge defender Andrew NorheimWhile Tottenham are also said to be interested.

Angel City midfielder Miri Taylor22, was looked at by several English clubs in the summer and there remains interest.

Canadian youth international Jessica de Filippo21 is also said to have had interest from a few WSL clubs.

What else should we look out for?

Alexia Russo
Alessia Russo played a key role in England’s triumph at Euro 2022

Manchester United have several key players close to the expiry of their contracts including England international Alexia Russo and Spain full back Ona Batllewho have six months remaining.

Russian rejected an offer to extend in July, while Batlle has received heavy interest from several top European clubs including Barcelona.

United midfielder Jade Moore32, could also leave the club.

Several clubs in Europe have asked about the availability of Liverpool midfielders Ceri Holland25, but the club has no intention to sell.

Reports suggestexternal-link Arsenal are close to finalizing the signing of Canadian goalkeepers Sabrina D’Angelo29, on a free transfer.

Arsenal midfielder Mana Iwabuchi29, is keen for game time and would be open to leaving the club in January.

The Gunners may consider recalling Giovana Queiroz19, back from her loan spell with Everton due to a lack of playing time.

Canadian defender Jayde Riviere, 21, has been linked with a move to the WSL.

Meanwhile, several players in the Scottish Women’s Premier League are attracting interest including Celtic’s Canadian forward Clarissa Larisey23, who could become part of a player swap deal involving a fee, with Swedish club BK Hacken.

What do clubs need?

Willie Kirk
Leicester appointed Willie Kirk as manager in November and he is hoping to be active in the transfer window

The WSL’s bottom side Leicester City hope to be very active in the transfer window in an attempt to avoid relegation but might need to fund signings with outgoings.

New boss Willie Kirk is targeting at least four new players, including a striker, with several players being offered out on loan deals to make room.

Liverpool hope to bring in at least two more players, with a midfielder the priority.

Aston Villa manager Carla Ward, who is expected to hold talks over a new contract in January, is hoping to have money to spend to strengthen an injury-hit squad. They are prioritizing a midfielder and a winger.

Manchester United are expected to have incoming and at least one outgoing player as they look to secure a Champions League qualification spot.

Tottenham‘s priority is to sign a goalscorer and are expected to make further signings after injuries to players brought in the summer.

West Ham boss Paul Konchesky told BBC Sport the club will add to the squad if the right player becomes available and he is expected to be backed with funds.

reading and Brighton are likely to add a few players to cover injuries and improve squad depth, while Chelsea may react if a target becomes available in January.

Manchester City have money available and have already inquired about several targets.

Everton boss Brian Sorensen said they will “not do a lot” in the window but there could be one or two deals agreed depending on what happens elsewhere.

What deals have already happened?

Matt Beard and Gemma Bonner
Liverpool manager Matt Beard and former captain Gemma Bonner worked together when the club won back-to-back WSL titles in 2013 and 2014

Brighton named German Jens Scheuer as Hope Powell’s successor as head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Liverpool re-signed former WSL-winning captain Gemma Bonner31, from Racing Louisville.

Wales international Sophie Ingle31, signed a new two-year deal with Chelsea, with the midfielder keen to stay despite interest from elsewhere.

Arsenal forward Beth Mead signed a new contract with the club, while England team-mate Alex Greenwood extended her stay at Manchester City until 2026.

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