West Ham have announced they are to take full control of their ladies team following accusations of discrimination by the club's former chairman.
Stephen Hunt accused the club of refusing to provide funding for the team, who play in the Women's Premier League Southern Division, and even forcing players to pick up their own medical bills.
But following discussions between both parties the Hammers have announced they will fully incorporate their ladies' side with a view to further development and progression.
Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady said: "West Ham United Ladies have operated separately to the Club for 25 years, and today marks the next step in building the future of women's football at West Ham United.
"The addition of the Ladies into the West Ham family is the solution my board and I have long sought.
"Not only does it secure the long term future of the Ladies' side, but also guarantees that current and future supporters, players and staff of the Ladies' team will form an integral part of the Club's bright future as we move forward
"From the top down, West Ham United is passionately committed to equality, particularly for women, and that is precisely why women's football is such a high priority on our agenda.
"We are delighted to be able to support West Ham United Ladies' continued progression, and look forward to building the momentum that will see the team become an institution that our Club and our supporters can be proud of."
As part of the terms of the deal, Hunt has stepped down from his role as chairman, but stressed he was fully supportive of the deal which ensures a future for the ladies' team.
Hunt told Press Association Sport: "They have given the ladies a very good deal which includes full funding and promotion and all the things they weren't doing a week ago.
"The next stage will be interesting for them because the difference between where they are now and the top six in the Premier League is essentially just a few hundred thousand pounds."