After 19 Womens Super League goals in 2018/19, Parris has been tipped to join French champions Lyon as she pursues a new challenge, but City have moved quickly to land White.
The 29-year-old former Chelsea and Arsenal star will officially become a City player on 1 July after agreeing a two-year contract. She had been with Birmingham since 2017 and boasted a fine WSL scoring record in two seasons with the west midlands club.
White has played 80 times for England since 2010 and is in the World Cup squad this summer.
"Im really excited. Man City are a fantastic club and I really cant wait to start," she told City TV.
"I know quite a few people here and theyve given me so many great reviews of the coaching, the facilities and playing style, and I really wanted to join that culture. Its something completely different for me," the player added.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Ellen White The England striker will join the Club on 1 July on a two-year deal from Birmingham City.Welcome, Ellen! #mancity pic.twitter.com/iMGchOFm3n
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 16, 2019
"Steph Houghton is one of my best friends and I know Jill Scott and Karen Bardsley from England. Were good friends and theyve said a lot about club. Im excited to work with them again on club basis."
White said shes excited to work with City coach Nick Cushing and explained that the incredible facilities on offer at Etihad Campus were also a big draw.
"Another attraction was to be involved in the Champions League. I want to be up there, winning trophies. Watching City win the FA Cup and the League Cup [in 2019] made me really want to experience that," she explained.
I feel it is time to move on from Birmingham. I would like to thank the fans for being so very dedicated in your support. To my team mates, I have made some great memories and friends for life. I wish the club good luck moving forward! https://t.co/osrjSFu0qn
— Ellen White (@ellsbells89) May 16, 2019
White has previously won multiple WSL, FA Cup and League Cup honours with Arsenal.