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Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Cort costs Magpies 7m
Carl Cort
Carl Cort was highly rated by Wimbledon fans
Newcastle have signed England Under-21s striker Carl Cort from Wimbledon for 7m.

Magpies boss Bobby Robson beat off interest from Tottenham and Leicester City for the services of the England Under-21 frontman.

The highly-rated Cort has agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle. He was keen to leave Wimbledon after they were relegated on the final day of last season.

The 22-year-old front man flew to the north-east on Wednesday morning for talks with chairman Freddy Shepherd and chief executive David Stonehouse.

After coming through a rigorous medical, a delighted Cort said: "I am thrilled to be joining a club as big as Newcastle United.

"The chairman and chief executive have impressed me with their ambitious plans for the club and I am delighted at the prospect of playing for Bobby Robson. It is a great career move for me."

He scored 15 goals for Wimbledon in their unsuccessful fight to avoid relegation - although he failed to hit the target in the last two months of the season.

Cort, who scored on his full debut for the Dons against Newcastle at St James' in a 3-1 win in September 1997, will now battle for the right to partner Alan Shearer in attack.

He becomes the third - and most expensive - player to commit himself to Newcastle this summer after Argentinians Christian Bassedas and Daniel Cordone.

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