Leon Balogun has completed a permanent switch to Sky Bet Championship club Wigan Athletic from Brighton & Hove Albion, reports Completesports.com.
Balogun, 31, joined Wigan on a six-month loan deal on transfer deadline day having found first-team opportunities limited at Brighton.
The centre-back made just eight league appearances last season and featured in just one game (EFL Cup victory at Bristol Rovers) in the first half of the current campaign.
The former Mainz of Germany defender has impressed at the DW Stadium since his loan move in January, helping the Latics achieve four clean sheets in six Championship matches and move away from the relegation zone.
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“Leon (Balogun) has always been extremely professional and good to work with during my time at the club, but he was finding it hard to get the game time he would have liked, ” Bighton manager Graham Potter told the club’s official website.
“So the loan move to Wigan seemed to be a good move for everyone involved, and he has made a really positive impact there.
“We would like to thank him for his contribution over the last couple of years and we wish him all the best for the next chapter of his career.”
Balogun joined Albion in 2018, making 12 appearances in total. He scored one goal for the club during that time, a memorable volley with his first touch in a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace.
The defender is expected to return to action for Wigan against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday after missing their last league game against Huddersfield Town due to injury.
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