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Newcastle signs Cisse from Freiburg

Updated: January 17, 2012, 16:31

NEWCASTLE, England(AP) Newcastle has signed Senegal striker Papiss Cisse from German side Freiburg on a 5 1/2-year contract.

The 26-year-old Cisse has joined for an undisclosed fee but will not be available to the Premier League team while Senegal is competing in the African Cup on Nations, which starts on Saturday.

Cisse, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances for his country, says "it is an honor to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it.''

Cisse will bolster a forward line that already includes Senegal teammate Demba Ba, who is the Premier League's second-highest scorer this season with 15 goals, and Ireland international Leon Best.

Newcastle is sixth in the league, four points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

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