Espinoza clear to join Wigan

Roger Espinoza will join Wigan in January after the Honduras
international was granted permission to work in the UK.

A Football Association panel gave the 26-year-old the green
light to join Roberto Martinez’s men when his contract with MLS
side Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of December.

He will become the second Honduran in the Latics squad, joining
Maynor Figueroa.

Martinez said: “We prepared an excellent case for Roger and it
is great news for us that he can now join up in January.

“He is a player we have been following closely since June 16
2010, when he made his debut in the World Cup versus Chile.

“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.

“The games versus Spain and Brazil in that tournament showed the
winning and strong mentality that he possesses which will be an
important asset to our squad.”

Espinoza said: “This has been a dream for me to play in England
and I am so grateful for the club who have worked so hard to make
this happen.

“I just can’t wait now to join up with Maynor and all the guys
and get to work.”

The midfielder, who should be eligible for the FA Cup tie
against Bournemouth, subject to receiving international clearance,
was born in Honduras but moved to Kansas at the age of 12.

He became a United States citizen in 2008, but opted to play for
the country of his birth and now has 25 caps, scoring three
times.