Manchester United secure hat-trick of new signings before transfer window shuts

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PSG's Signe Bruun, right, celebrates with Marie-Antoinette Katoto after scoring her team's 2nd goal during the Women's Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, - AP
PSG's Signe Bruun, right, celebrates with Marie-Antoinette Katoto after scoring her team's 2nd goal during the Women's Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, - AP

Manchester United have finalised a trio of international signings late on deadline day in the Women's Super League, after a dramatic day of transfer activity at the club.

Denmark forward Signe Bruun has signed on loan from French giants Lyon for the rest of the season, as first revealed by Telegraph Sport, in one of the WSL's highest-profile arrivals of the January window. The 2021 Danish footballer of the year, 23, has scored 14 times in 19 senior international games for her country.

England midfielder Jade Moore, 31, has also signed for Manchester United from American club Orlando Pride until the end of the season and 50-times-capped Moore said it was "great to be back in this league" after previously playing for Reading, Notts County and Birmingham City in the WSL.

And Manchester United have already confirmed the signing of veteran Republic of Ireland defender Diane Caldwell from North Carolina Courage until the end of the season. Caldwell, 33, is believed to have been added partly to provide short-term cover for Manchester United defender Millie Turner, who has been ruled out for an indefinite period after medical exams found a problem with an artery in her neck last week.

Caldwell, a lifelong fan of the club who has been capped 84 times at senior international level, said: "Today is one of the most special moments in my life so far. I’m so grateful to be here and will wear the badge with so much pride."

Those three late signings will be welcome news for Manchester United supporters because, up until late in the afternoon on deadline day, they were yet to sign a single player during the January window and looked set for a disappointing conclusion to the transfer period.

On the pitch, Marc Skinner's team are in good form, having won six games in a row in all competitions without conceding a goal, climbing to third in the WSL table and reaching next week's semi-finals of the League Cup.

Their out-the-blue signing of Bruun, 23, will be seen as a major coup. She was named as Denmark's player of the year for 2021 and helped Paris Saint-Germain win the French league title last term, before joining their rivals Lyon last summer.

Meanwhile, Manchester City have completed the signing of 20-year-old Norway international Julie Blakstad from Rosenborg on a two-and-a-half-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

Elsewhere, Scotland captain Rachel Corsie has signed for Aston Villa from Kansas City on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The 32-year-old defender will be reunited with Villa manager Carla Ward after previously playing under her when they were both at Villa's city rivals Birmingham City last season

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