Emirates Stadium stalwart set to finally leave Arsenal.
Hannover president Martin Kind has revealed that negotiations have begun to sign Arsenal defender Johan Djourou in the January transfer window.
The Bundesliga club conceded 31 goals in an exhausting first half of the season and are looking to add more depth to their squad as they attempt to secure a return to Europe for the third year in a row.
“I can confirm the name [of Djourou],” Kind told Bild. “He is on our list. There have been talks.”
It is reported that the Switzerland international could join Hannover on a loan deal until the summer, with a view to a permanent move should the spell be successful.
Arsenal are expected to have one of the busier transfer windows, with the club expected to make recruitments, sales and contract extensions this month.
Johan Djourou appears to be on his way out though – and the Swiss defender has had a wildly fluctuating career at Arsenal already.
Still just 25, Djourou made his first start for the club in 2004, and is one of the Gunners’ longest serving players.
He has gone from youth prodigy to laughing stock to surprisingly solid first choice defender, but now he is a forgotten man.
Arsenal have Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker – all of whom are almost irrefutably better players in the same position.
Should Arsene Wenger be able to get the likes of Djourou, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos and Andrei Arshavin off the wage bill, there would be plenty more room for exciting signings in the squad.
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