Djourou Set for Permanent deal to Bundesliga side Hamburg

Relegation battlers Hamburg have permanently secured the services of defender Johan Djourou, with the Bundesliga side triggering the buying option in his loan deal from London giants Arsenal.

Djourou, 27, joined Hamburg on loan at the start of the current season as Die Rothosen bid to strengthen their back line. Djourou, for his part, produced his end of the deal, becoming a key fixture in Hamburg’s defence, making 22 appearances in total.

“I am happy that he’s staying with us for the next few years as he’s a stabilising influence at the centre of our defence,” Hamburg manager Mirko Slomka told Sky Sports.

And while the Hamburg boss did not give any more details, reports on the ground state that his club shelled out an estimated value between  €2.5-3.5m to convince Djourou to sign a new deal that will keep him at the Imtech Arena until 2016.

This now ends the speculation on the Swiss centre-back’s future. Indeed, he was the subject of speculation in recent months, with the likes of Premier League overachievers Hull City understood to be keen on his signature.

Djourou started his professional footballing career with Arsenal, rising from their youth ranks to make his first team debut for the Gunners in 2004. Since then, he has had loan outings with the likes of Birmingham City and Hannover before eventually sealing his move to Hamburg.

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