Republic of Ireland defender Diane Caldwell has joined Women's Super League outfit Manchester United on WSL deadline day.

The 33-year-old Dubliner has agreed a deal with the Red Devils until the end of the season.

Caldwell spent the 2021 campaign playing alongside Denise O'Sullivan at North Carolina Courage in the USA.

The 84-times capped Ireland international has had previous spells in Germany, Iceland and Norway.

"Today is one of the most special moments in my life so far," she said. "As a lifelong United fan, it's a dream to sign for the club and it’s a big moment for me and my family.

"I’m so grateful to be here and will wear the badge with so much pride. The team are in great form, playing attractive football, and Marc is doing a fantastic job.

"I just can’t wait to meet everyone and get straight down to business on the pitch."

United boss Marc Skinner will hope Caldwell's experience can count in the Women's Super League title race, with his side two points behind leaders Arsenal having played a game more.

"Diane joins us as an experienced international defender who will really add to our back line during this second half of the season," Skinner said.

"She has great composure and versatility, and I have no doubt that she will be a fantastic asset to the team during her time here."

Later on Thursday, United completed a second deadline-day signing with the capture of England midfielder Jade Moore.

The 31-year-old has also signed a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season. Capped 50 times, she was most recently with the Orlando Pride but turned down the offer of a contract for 2022.

She has extensive experience in England with the likes of Reading, Notts County, Birmingham and Leeds, and also had a spell on loan with Atletico Madrid in 2020, but her 2021 season was wrecked by a knee injury.

"I'm delighted to be here at a club like Manchester United," Moore said. "It’s a proud moment after a difficult period for me. It’s great to be back in this league too, I have a lot of experience in the WSL, having played in it for around a decade, and I think I can bring some of that to this team."

United boss Marc Skinner previously worked with Moore at Birmingham and Orlando.

"I know the real qualities she can bring to the squad," Skinner said. "She is an intelligent player with a great football mind, who has the ability to read and control games.

"She’s been unlucky in the last year with the injury she picked up but we’ve been working with Jade on plans to get her back to full fitness as quickly as possible and we are looking forward to seeing her impact within the squad."

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