Manchester City sign Blindkilde Brown from Aston Villa and Pritchard from Durham

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Manchester City has announced the signing of Laura Blindkilde Brown from Aston Villa and Poppy Pritchard from Durham.

Blindkilde Brown, 20, joins City on a deal until the summer of 2027, following a spell at Aston Villa where she established herself as one of the Women's Super League's most exciting young talents.

Blindkilde Brown, an attacking midfielder, has made over 50 senior appearances for Villa and was named their Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons.

She has also represented England at various youth levels and is set to join Gareth Taylor’s squad in their pursuit of silverware in the 2023/24 season.

On her move, Blindkilde Brown expressed her excitement: “It’s a big step in my career but I’m really excited to see what comes. I think the style of play here is really suited to me. Hopefully, it just develops me even more in my career.”

Gareth Taylor, Manchester City's manager, commented on Blindkilde Brown's potential, saying, “She is someone we have been monitoring for some time and have always been impressed whenever we’ve watched her play. I am looking forward to seeing her continue to flourish.”

18-year-old forward Poppy Pritchard moves to Manchester City from Championship side Durham.

Pritchard, who recently broke into Durham’s senior setup, is known for her versatility and goal-scoring ability. She marked her England Under-19s debut with a goal in a 5-0 victory over Denmark.

Pritchard, excited about her first professional deal, said, “The opportunities for a player my age to be playing in and around the best players in the world is just such a great chance.”

Taylor added about Pritchard, “She is a very exciting young player, a specialist centre-forward with a profile of scoring goals and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do.”

Manchester City also signed Republic of Ireland international Tara O’Hanlon after making the move on transfer deadline day from League of Ireland champions Peamount United to Manchester City.