Super Eagles’ defender, Leon Balogun has joined Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion on a two-year deal after joining from FSV Mainz 05 on a free transfer, reports.
The 29-year-old center-back, who was integral to Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying camping, becomes the second Super Eagles’ player to move ahead of the summer after Tyrone Ebuehi also joined Portuguese side Benfica over the weekend.
Albion manager, Chris Hughton said: “I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club. He will add more depth to our defensive options, and I am pleased to get our first piece of business done so early in the summer.
“He is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad.
“He also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level.”
The 6ft 3in defender began his club career at Turkiyemspor Berlin in July 2007, before moving to Hannover and Werder Bremen.
Brief spells at Fortuna Dusseldorf and SV Darmstadt 98 followed before he joined Mainz in July 2015, where he has made a total of 58 appearances, scoring once.
German-born Balogun is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father and has 14 caps to his name.
He missed out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after breaking his foot shortly before the tournament but has been named in the preliminary 30-man squad for Russia 2018.