Nadeshiko Japan forward Riko Ueki has transferred from Japanese side Tokyo Verdy Beleza to West Ham in the English Women's Super League, the clubs announced Tuesday.

Ueki played every game for Japan at the recent Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, scoring twice during their run to the quarterfinals.

The 24-year-old native of Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo was the top scorer in both the league and cup competitions of the Japanese women's top flight WE League last season.

Japan's Riko Ueki scores the team's fifth goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time during the Women's World Cup Group C football match against Zambia at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand, on July 22, 2023. (Kyodo)

In a statement from West Ham, Ueki said the move to England would help her develop as a player.

"When I made the decision to join the club, I felt I needed to test myself in Europe," she said. "I think I will be able to improve as a footballer here and in doing so, do my best for the team as well."

She will join national teammates Risa Shimizu and Honoka Hayashi at the East London club, which finished eighth in the 12-team Super League last season.

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