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.