New deals for Hammers duo

  • by Richard Johnson
  • Monday, 20th June 2022

17-year-old midfielder Halle Houssein has re-joined the Hammers after a successful spell with the club across the second half of last season.

Having previously played under a duel registration with Arsenal, the young playmaker has now signed for Paul Konchesky’s side on a permanent basis.

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Scoring on her debut in the League Cup defeat to Chelsea last season, Hammers fan Houssein went on to make a further seven appearances in the claret and blue, before returning to north London at the end of last season.

“It’s a great feeling and a real honour to sign permanently with the club," Houssein told

“West Ham is a hard-working, family club and I think playing here will provide me with the best possible chance to develop and learn as I continue to grow as a player.

“Deep down, I’ve always wanted to wear the shirt because I support West Ham, and I achieved that last season – but to have signed here permanently is an amazing feeling.
“I can’t wait to get going again and see what next season will bring.”

West Ham boss, Paul Konchesky was delighted to be able to secure the services of the promising midfielder on a permanent basis.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to bring Halle back to the club," he said. “A big part of our ethos at West Ham is our desire to give young players the opportunity - whether that be through our own academy or from elsewhere.

“Last season, Halle was the perfect example for that as she made her WSL debut and scored on her debut in the Conti Cup. Every time she puts the shirt on, she gives 110% - something every West Ham fan loves.

“We’re really pleased that Halle is back with us and we are all looking forward to seeing her continued development throughout the upcoming season.”

The news was swiftly followed up with the announcement of another capture from north of the capital, seeing experienced Scottish midfielder Lisa Evans re-join the Irons after her season long loan spell under Olli Harder last term.

A hugely popular figure amongst fans of both clubs, Evans scored three times whilst making twenty two appearances in all competitions and was keen to stay in east London when Arsenal made it clear her future lay away from Meadow Park.

“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.”

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Manager Paul Konchesky moved quickly to secure the services of the experienced midfielder, telling the club's website: “Lisa is a fantastic signing. She 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.”

Evans scored three goals during her loan spell for the Hammers last season and will be determined to improve on that tally in the coming months.

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