Wigan finalizes Espinoza deal

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Wigan announced Tuesday that Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza will join the club in January after being granted a work permit.

The 26-year-old will move to the DW Stadium after his contract with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of December.

Espinoza holds an American passport but has made 25 appearances for the Honduran national team, acting as a key piece in the team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics in London.

"He is a player we have been following closely since 16th of June 2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile," Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told the club website. "In that game, he showed tremendous potential and slowly, he has been developing into an exciting footballer over the last three seasons in the MLS and has enjoyed terrific experiences at international level, specifically his role with Honduras in the Olympic games."

He will become the fourth Honduran to play to Wigan, following Wilson Palacios, Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas.