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Karen Hills says Alex Morgan’s Orlando Pride teammates helped Tottenham pull off shock transfer

KAREN HILLS revealed Alex Morgan’s Orlando Pride pals helped tempt the American superstar to sign with Tottenham.  

The USA World Cup winner, 31, is set to make her debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup tomorrow, having recently signed for the North Londoners on a sensational loan-deal.

She has joined the familiar faces of her Pride team-mates Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy who also penned short-term deals with the club ahead of this season.

Spurs boss, Hills, said: “Speaking to Alex, there’s a connection with the club anyway. She’s got friends from Orlando in Shelina and Alanna.

“Obviously, she’d spoken to them. There were a lot of positives around the club and the vibe, I think she got a really nice feel to that.

“She was over here with the USA World Cup winning team and they trained here, there was a connection already with Tottenham.

“We’re an up and coming team. It fitted for her at this moment in time. And coming here shows the ambition of Alex to take herself out her comfort zone,

“And to come to another country to give herself the opportunity to again state that she’s one of the best forwards in the world.”

Morgan agreed terms with Spurs in less than 48 hours and has been training with the North Londoners for the past week.

If the strike sensation features against the Gunners, it would be her first competitive match in over a year, having given birth to her first child four months ago.

She is in search of regular minutes in a bid to win a place in the US squad for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Hills added: “I think it’s a big statement for Alex, it obviously goes to show her mentality and how she’s been able to transfer from having the baby to getting herself back into amazing shape,

“To then travel to London, and become part of what we’re doing at the moment. It all seemed to fit at the right moment for her.”

Arsenal's aces are relishing the chance of going toe to toe with Morgan as the prepare to host Spurs at Borehamwood.

Boss Joe Montemurro said: “We get to play against top players so from our perspective it only adds to the growth and the great league that the WSL is.

“From our perspective there’s no player that has been singled out or anything, we're going to go about it our way and play our football and see if these players adhere to the level that we bring out to them.”

Tottenham signing Alex Morgan shows off her skills on the training pitch

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