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Suwon Samsung Blue Wings spend big to sign North Korean striker Jong Tae-se

North Korean striker Jong Tae-se has agreed to join the K League's Suwon Samsung Blue Wings the club confirmed.

The South Korean club reportedly paid a 300,000 Euro transfer fee to the German club 1. FC Köln, and Jong signed a three-year deal worth 400 million won ($376,932) per season according to local media speculation.

"I'm not sure how he'll do, but he certainly seems to have potential from what we've seen of him on the field for his past clubs," said Suwon manager Seo Jung-won.

After joining German second-division club VfL Bochum in 2011, he scored 15 goals in 41 appearances over two seasons, but lost his place in the starting rotation after he was traded last February.

Jong is the second national member of the North Korean squad to join the K League, after Ahn Yong-hak, who played for the Busan I'Park and Suwon from 2006-2009.

- by Jeff Liebsch

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