Brighton transfer news: Goalkeepers Nicky Evrard & Sophie Baggaley join WSL side

Nicky Evrard playing for Belgium
Nicky Evrard has made 63 appearances for Belgium

Brighton have signed goalkeepers Sophie Baggaley and Nicky Evrard on the Women's Super League's transfer deadline day.

Baggaley, 26, joins on a permanent deal for undisclosed terms from Manchester United, while Evrard arrives on loan from Chelsea.

The Belgian, 28, joined Chelsea in July from OH Leuven on a three-year deal.

Baggaley joined United in 2021 having previously been at Birmingham City and Bristol City.

"We're really pleased to welcome Sophie to the club," said Brighton boss Melissa Phillips.

"She is looking forward to the challenge of helping us achieve our aims for this season and the future, and her experience of the WSL will only help the squad as we move forward."

Evrard is one of five goalkeepers on Chelsea's books and is the second to head out on loan this summer after Emily Orman joined Reading.

"Nicky is a fantastic addition to the squad," added Phillips.

"She has been a standout performer at club level in Belgium, as well as on the international stage at both last year's Euros and the World Cup earlier this year.

"We're excited to work with her and give her the opportunity to test herself in the WSL."

Evrard has made 63 appearances for Belgium and was part of the squad who reached the Euro 2022 quarter-finals.