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Tottenham Hotspur are delighted to announce the signing of Gracie Pearse and that they have reached agreement for the loan signing of Tang Jiali from Shanghai Shengli FC for the 2021-22 season, subject to work permit clearance.
18-year-old defender Gracie has signed a contract with the Club until 2023, with the option to extend for a further year, and will rejoin FA Women's Championship side Crystal Palace on loan for the 2021-22 season where she made seven appearances in all competitions last year.
An England Under-21 international, Gracie arrives after ten years in the Arsenal academy where she made two senior appearances for the Gunners.
Gracie told the Tottenham Hotspur FC website: "I'm really excited to come to Spurs - it means a lot to me because I come from a family of Tottenham fans, so that makes this opportunity even more special. My dad supported me in getting into football when I was very young and I just enjoyed it so much - I discovered what it was like to play in a girls' team and it really drove me on to want to be the best player I can possibly be.
"My dad is a huge fan of this Club so deep down, I always knew it was meant to be that I would eventually become a Spurs player - it gives me huge pride to represent my Dad and the rest of my family in that way. I associate the Club with him which motivates me even further as a player to want to represent the Club to my full potential.
"It's not just because we're Spurs fans though - I'm excited to be here because I really do believe that Spurs will be moving in the right direction towards the top of the WSL in the coming seasons and I want to be a part of it. Being at Crystal Palace will be very important for me initially. I really enjoyed it there last season and by splitting my training time between here and Palace and hopefully getting some more game time with them, I'll be getting the best of both worlds at this stage of my career. This is only a step towards what I want to achieve in my career and I will continue to strive towards these goals with the great platform Spurs is providing for me. I can't wait to get started."
Tang, who will wear the number nine shirt, joined Shanghai in January, 2016 and has made 42 appearances to date over the course of two separate spells at the club. In her debut season for the Chinese Super League side, Tang featured 14 times and found the back of the net on seven occasions.
The 26-year-old moved to Jiangsu Suning in January, 2018 where she helped them clinch the title making 25 appearances and scoring 11 times.
Tang returned to Shanghai for a second spell at the beginning of the 2020 season, the playmaker continued her fine form and added eight goals to her tally in 15 appearances.
Equally established on the international stage, Tang made her senior debut for China in December, 2014 against the USA and earned a nomination for the Best Young Player of the Tournament at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She scored vital goals recently in China's 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifying campaign against Australia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.
Tang told www.tottenhamhotspur.com: "I am so happy to be joining Tottenham Hotspur. I am a big fan of Premier League football and I've always dreamt of playing in England. I can't wait to arrive in London, and I hope I can help make it a successful season for the team."
Head Coach Rehanne Skinner said on her two signings: "Gracie has had experience at England youth level and she's shown a lot of potential and promise during her career so far. As a Club, we want to nurture young players and help them to gain the experience that they need, so in Gracie's case that will involve her gaining match minutes in a loan capacity at Crystal Palace initially, while we monitor and support her very closely. It's all with a view to developing her game and helping her to play senior matches in preparation for the future.
"She's really open to learning, she's got a great attitude and that will stand her in good stead for what's to come. We're really pleased that she's now a Spurs player.
"We are really excited to have a player of Tang's quality coming to Spurs. She has been a prolific goalscorer in the Chinese Super League and instrumental in helping China in their successful Olympic qualifying campaign. The additional strengths Tang brings to the team will be key to our success moving into the new season."
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