English Premier League outfit, Brighton & Hove Albion have made their first addition of the summer by signing central defender Leon Balogun from FSV Mainz 05.
The 29-year-old Nigeria international made his Bundesliga debut on 19 April 2009 for Hannover 96 in a game against Hamburger SV.
After his contract with Fortuna Düsseldorf expired in summer 2014, he was without a club for three months until he joined Darmstadt 98. He signed a contract until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Albion manager Chris Hughton
told the club’s official website: “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 further moves to Hannover and Werder Bremen.
Balogun named in the preliminary 30-man squad for Russia 2018 after helping the Super Eagles to qualify.