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By IVES GALARCEP
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza has long been linked to a move to English Premier League side Wigan since turning heads at the Olympics, but now it appears he is ready to seal the deal and head over on a free transfer.
Honduran media outlet Diez was the first to report that Espinoza is on his way to England to undergo physicals on Wednesday ahead of a transfer move that would see his five-year MLS career come to an end. Espinoza’s agent, Mike Gartlan, confirmed the validity of the report to SBI on Monday evening.
It has long been known that Espinoza was leaving Sporting KC at the end of the 2012 season after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract, and now it appears that the first team to express serious interest is set to become the team that signs him.
Espinoza, 26, turned heads at last summer’s Olympic games with his outstanding play during Honduras’ impressive run to the Olympic quarterfinals.
A first-round pick in the 2008 MLS Draft, Espinoza transformed himself from finesse midfielder in college to a tenacious box-to-box midfielder, perfectly-suited for the fast pace of the English Premier League. He joins a Wigan side that currently includes Honduras teammate Maynor Figueroa.
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