Sporting KC's Roger Espinoza set for Premier League move

The Honduran midfielder will join Wigan this winter after catching the eye of European scouts during the 2012 Olympics.
A strong performance at the 2012 Olympics has helped Roger Espinoza land in the English Premier League.

According to reports, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder impressed European scouts while representing Honduras in in London and will be joining Wigan this winter.

“He called and told me that he’s basically decided that he’s going to go to Wigan,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes told the Kansas City Star. “It was a tough decision for him, but it’s something that he wanted to do."

Espinoza had been linked to Wigan for months but the club decided to wait until the January window to acquire the midfielder on a free transfer. Sporting KC will not make an official announcement of his departure, according to Major League Soccer's official website.

“I told him I really appreciated his commitment to the club,” Vermes told the newspaper. “He’s been a great guy on and off the field for us for several years. His growth as a player has been tremendous. I told him we’re happy for him, but that the doors are open if things change in the future.”

Espinoza appeared in 120 regular-season and playoff matches and scored two goals in five seasons with Kansas City.

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