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Ireland winger Duff joins Fulham from Newcastle

FULHAM has signed Newcastle United's Ireland winger Damien Duff on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said yesterday.

The 30-year-old, who cost about four million pounds (US$6.57 million) according to British media, is the latest high-profile player to leave Newcastle after it was relegated from the Premier League in May.

Forward Michael Owen has moved from St James Park to Manchester United while defenders Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong have joined Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

"I am happy my move to Fulham has been completed and look forward to joining in with the rest of the squad's training programme immediately in preparation for two important home matches this week," Duff said.

"Fulham had a fantastic season last year and I know having spoken to the manager (Roy Hodgson) in recent days the club's ambitions are high and I'm looking forward to the challenges," he told the Fulham club's Website.

Duff, who has 75 caps, made his name at Blackburn Rovers after his debut in 1997 before a 17 million pounds move to Chelsea in 2003 - a record at the time for the west London club.

Meanwhile, Werder Bremen has signed Peru striker Claudio Pizarro on a three-year deal from Chelsea.

Pizarro was on loan at Werder last season and helped it win the German Cup and reach the UEFA Cup final in his second stint with the side he played for from 1999 to 2001.

His new contract, running to 2012, includes an option for one more year.


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