Leon Balogun close to Premier League switch with Brighton

Leon Balogun close to Premier League switch with Brighton

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun is set for a move away from the Bundesliga as EPL side Brighton & Hove Albion look set to bring him to the Amex Stadium on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old Balogun who can play at centre-back and full-back, made 15 appearances in all competitions for Mainz this season as they managed to avoid relegation from the German Bundesliga.

Balogun, who has won 16 caps for Nigeria, helped the Super Eagles qualify for this summer’s World Cup and he is set to feature for his country in Russia next month.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is eager to strengthen his squad after securing survival this season in their first campaign in the Premier League and he has set up a deal for Balogun.

Hughton is keen to add a defensive cover to his squad having seen Uwe Hunemeier leave the club to SC Paderborn earlier this offseason and Balogun’s versatility in that he can play anywhere across the backline makes him an attractive proposition.

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