Football: Arsenal's Djourou may join Hamburg on loan

BERLIN (AFP) - Arsenal's Swiss defender Johan Djourou is set to join Bundesliga side Hamburg for a year on loan with a option to buy, the north German side's director of sport Oliver Kreuzer has said.

Djourou, 26, impressed earlier this year during a six-month loan spell at Hannover, making 14 Bundesliga appearances, and Hamburg look to have won the race with their German league rivals to secure his services.

"I am sure it will happen," Kreuzer told Hamburg's Morgenpost newspaper, with football magazine Kicker reporting that Djourou has already signed a contract.

Hannover look to have lost out on Djourou simply because of finances.

"We cannot, and do not want to, do some irrational economic things. We pushed our limits. Hamburg could do things which we simply couldn't," Hannover's director of sport Dirk Dufner told German daily Bild.

Djourou has been at Arsenal since 2004, making 86 appearances for the Gunners and is under contract until 2015, having won 40 caps for Switzerland.

After Cameroon striker Jacques Zoua, who has signed from Basel, Djourou would be the club's second new addition in the off season.

Manchester City's Uruguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, 31, and defender Lasse Sobiech, 22, from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, are also Hamburg targets before pre-season training starts on Monday.

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