Posted: Thursday January 3, 2013 1:52 AM

N.Korean striker to play for S.Korean club

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -A South Korean club says it has acquired North Korea striker Jong Tae Se from Germany's Cologne.

The Suwon Samsung Bluewings said Thursday they have agreed to pay Cologne 300,000 euros ($394,000) for the acquisition, but declined to say how much they will pay the 27-year-old forward. Bluewings official Lee Ho-seung said Jong had sought the transfer and the negotiations to acquire him lasted several months.

Jong will become the fourth North Korean to play in South Korea's K-League, according to league officials.

Jong was born and raised in Japan, but holds a North Korean passport and played for North Korea at the 2010 World Cup.

He began his professional career with Japan's Kawasaki Frontale in 2006 before signing with Germany's second-division club VfL Bochum in 2010 and joining Cologne last year.

 
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