Japanese university striker Ami Otaki has signed with French and European women's champions Lyon, and says she is aiming for the top.

The 22-year-old, who has penned an 18-month contract with Lyon, becomes the third Japanese to move to the French women's top flight after Aya Sameshima and Rumi Utsugi, both of whom play for Montpellier.

"I want to become the world's best player at the world's best team," she told Japanese media, adding she is dreaming of winning the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award as compatriot Homare Sawa did after Japan won the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The 172cm (5 ft 8 inches) right-footed attacker has netted 45 goals in 30 matches for Waseda University in the current academic year, but has yet to be called up for international duty at full senior level.

"I want to produce results in France and play at the London Olympics," she said.