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Irishman Duff leaves Newcastle for Fulham

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  • Fulham have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff
  • Duff becomes the latest high-profile player to leave cash-strapped Newcastle
  • Owner Mike Ashley looking to sell club after relegation from Premier League
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(CNN) -- English Premier League side Fulham have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff from cash-strapped Newcastle for an undisclosed fee.

Duff has become the latest high-profile player to leave relegated Newcastle over the last 12 months.

Duff has become the latest high-profile player to leave relegated Newcastle over the last 12 months.

Duff joined recently-relegated Newcastle from Chelsea during the summer of 2006 and went on to play 86 times -- scoring six goals.

"I am happy that my move to Fulham has been completed and look forward to joining in with the rest of the squad's training program immediately in preparation for two important home matches this week," Duff, who made his breakthrough under Fulham manager Roy Hodgson at Blackburn, told the club's official Web site after signing a three-year contract.

"Fulham had a fantastic season last year and I know that having spoken to the manager in recent days that the club's ambitions remain high and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead."

"I am delighted to add a player of Damien Duff's caliber to our squad, and welcome the further midfield options he provides us with," said Hodgson.

"I have known Damien for over a decade since he broke into the first team at Blackburn when I was manager, so I am fully aware of his qualities and I am looking forward to working with him again."

Fulham are also hopeful of completing a deal for South Africa midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi, once a work permit has been sealed, while Algerian winger Hameur Bouazza has left the club to join Turkish club Sivasspor.

The London side won their opening Premier League match of the season on Saturday, 1-0 at Portsmouth, and will be playing in the Europa League after finishing seventh last season.

Duff becomes the latest high-profile name to leave Newcastle after Sebastien Bassong, Habib Beye, Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Shay Given and Peter Lovenkrands all left St James' Park in recent months.

The departures have all come in the wake of Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League last season and owner Mike Ashley's continued attempts to sell the club.

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