Last Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:25
Johan Djourou is on the verge of securing a move away from Arsenal with German side Hamburg poised to sign him on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old Switzerland defender, who is contracted to the Gunners until summer 2015, has confirmed that he would like a move away from the Emirates Stadium because of a lack of first-team action.
Djourou spent the second half of last term on loan with Hannover, who also want to keep him for another season. But it now appears their Bundesliga rivals Hamburg have won the race for his loan services, possibly with a view to a permanent switch.
The club's sporting director Oliver Kreuzer told Hamburger Morgenpost: "I am sure the transfer will go through. We will definitely know it by Friday."
Hannover sporting director Dirk Dufner has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on another deal for Djourou.
He told Bild: "Djourou's mind is set on Hamburg. That's a real pity for us.
"We went to our limits to keep the player, but Hamburg could do things we couldn't do."
Djourou will follow 32-year-old former Russia international captain Andrei Arshavin out of the exit door at Arsenal after he agreed a two-year deal to return to his native club Zenit St Petersburg when his contract at the Emirates Stadium expires on July 1.
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