German side Hamburg SV are being tipped to seal the signature of on-loan Arsenal defender Johan Djourou on a permanent basis after the Swiss international triggered a clause in his contract.
Djourou made his 20th appearance in the 3-1 defeat on Saturday to Borussia Mönchengladbach and manager Mirko Slomka could be forced to carry out a deal for the 27-year-old, who has been one of the club's most impressive performers this season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger froze Djourou out of the first-team picture after the emergence of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, with the Swiss shipped out to Hannover 96 last season, where he also enjoyed a successful loan spell.
Mopo.de are reporting that a €2.5m deal will be concluded for Djourou on a deal which will run until 2016 and means Arsenal are finally rid of another flop from their wage bill.
Djourou had also recently been attracting interest from Hannover and Hull City, with a return to the Premier League mooted.
A move to Humberside would also have reunited Djourou with one of his former mentors in Steve Bruce, who was manager at Birmingham City when the Gunners allowed the Swiss, Sebastian Larsson and Nicklas Bendtner to join the west Midlands outfit on loan deals.
Slomka has come to rely on Djourou in recent times and although the 27-year-old has been a standout performer, there are suspicions that Hamburg have been more or less forced into completing the deal earlier than they would have liked, although there would have been interest on their part to complete a summer deal.
Djourou would have had just 12 months to run on his Arsenal contract come the close season, where he completed 86 appearances in a 10-year association with the club.
That said, his last outing for the Gunners came in the extraordinary 7-5 Capital One Cup win over Reading in October 2012.