Nigerian international Leon Balogun who is a free agent after he decided not to renew his contract at German Bundesliga outfit Mainz 05 is on the verge of signing for English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton will be the second Premier League club showing interest in signing the Super Eagles reliable defender, Huddersfield Town was earlier reported to have interest in luring the player to the John Smith Stadium next season.
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According to a report in the British media, Leon Balogun is seen by Brighton as an ideal replacement for Uwe Hunemeier who left Brighton & Hove Albion for SC Paderborn.
The 29-year-old Leon Balogun is out of contract at Mainz this summer and Brighton look set to bring him to the Amex Stadium having secured their status in the Premier League for next season.
Mainz 05 managed to survive the drop last season and Balogun made only 15 appearances for the German club in all competitions in the recently concluded season, his limited appearance was partly due to injury and falling out with the club management after he refused to sign a new contract with the club.
The German-born defender was instrumental in helping the Super Eagles qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, he has 16 caps for the Super Eagles and is set to feature for Nigeria at the Mundial next month.