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Samsung Soccer Team Plans to Sign North Korean Striker Jong

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the South Korean soccer team backed by Samsung Electronics Co., is set to sign North Korean international striker Jong Tae Se from German club Cologne.

The 28-year-old is undergoing a fitness test and may sign a contract as early as today, Choi Won Chang, a spokesman for Suwon Samsung, said by telephone. He declined to comment on the size of the transfer fee or Jong’s salary.

Jong, who played at the 2010 World Cup, may become the fourth player from the Communist nation to appear in South Korea’s K-League. The two Koreas are technically still at war as the 1950-53 conflict ended without a peace treaty.

Suwon Samsung will pay Cologne 300,000 euros ($390,000) for Jong, Yonhap said yesterday, without giving a source for the information.

Jong, who was born in Japan, holds dual South and North Korean nationality, according to Bluewing’s Choi. The striker started his career at Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale in 2006 before moving to Germany’s VfL Bochum in 2010. He joined Cologne last year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jungah Lee in Seoul at jlee1361@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net

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