FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MARCH 17: Leon Balogun of Mainz controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Commerzbank-Arena on March 17, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

We reported earlier that the English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion are on the brink of signing Nigerian international defender Leon Balogun from Mainz on a free transfer. It is now official and we are here for it.

Brighton finally made Nigeria international defender Leon Balogun the first summer signing. Balogun, a 6ft 3in defender, just signed a two-year deal with the Seagulls, according to the club’s website Brightonandhove.

He began his club career at Turkiyemspor Berlin in July 2007, before moving to Hannover and then Werder Bremen. Brief spells at Fortuna Dusseldorf and SV Darmstadt 98 followed before he joined Mainz in July 2015, where he made 58 appearances and scored once.

Albion manager Chris Hughton says Balogun will add more depth to their defense options.

“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 said.

“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.” Hughton added.

Berlin-born Balogun can still play for his home country, Nigeria, through his father, and has 14 caps. He missed out on last World Cup in Brazil after breaking his foot shortly before the tournament but was named in their preliminary 30-man squad for Russia 2018 after helping the Super Eagles to qualify.