Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Leon Balogun on a free transfer.
The Super Eagles centre-back joins the Falmer Stadium outfit on a two-year deal after departing Mainz 05 at the end of the season.
Balogun will join Cameroonâ€™s Gaetan Bong in Brighton’s books for the 2018-19 season.
And Manager Chris Hughton has expressed excitement with the options and experience the defender brings to his team.
â€œI 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,â€ Hughton told club website.
â€œHe is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad.
â€œHe also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at international level.â€
The German-born defender started his career at Hannover 96 before turning out for Werder Bremen, Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf, Darmstadt 98 and Mainz 05.
Balogun is expected to play a part in Nigeria’s campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup following his inclusion in the countryâ€™s 30-man provisional squad.