Brighton have signed Nigeria international Leon Balogun from Bundesliga side Mainz.
The 29-year-old centre-back has signed a two-year deal with the Seagulls after becoming available on a free transfer.
Brighton boss 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’m 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 Berlin-born defender is eligible for Nigeria through his father and has made 14 international appearances. Balogun has been named in the Super Eagles’ provisional 30-man squad for Russia 2018 after helping them to qualify.