West Ham have confirmed the signing of Lisa Evans from Arsenal following the expiration of her contract with the Gunners.
The Scotland international spent the 2021/22 season on loan with the Hammers, making 16 WSL appearances and chipping in with a goal and three assists.
The move brings to an end Evans' five-year stay at Arsenal, where she won the 2018/19 WSL title and 2018 Continental Cup, having joined the north London outfit from Bayern Munich in 2017.
“I’m delighted to be back with West Ham,” Evans told West Ham TV. “I knew when my loan was coming to an end that I wanted to be here for the long-term. I really enjoyed being here last season and I felt like it was an unfinished chapter in my life.
“This is a project that I want to be a part of moving forward, so it was an easy decision for me to come back here.”
Evans is West Ham's second arrival of the day from Arsenal, after announcing the permanent signing of 17-year-old midfielder Halle Houssein. Like Evans, Houssein had also spent part of the 2021/22 season with the Hammers.
“Lisa is a fantastic signing,” West Ham boss Paul Konchesky added. “Lisa was unlucky with injuries last season and I’m not sure we saw the best of her. This being said, there is no denying that when she did play, her performances had a massive impact on the team and our success.
“She’s a massive asset on and off the pitch and she’s exactly the sort of player that we need at this football club.”