Report: Sheffield Wednesday will splash out to sign Johan Djourou

Carlos Carvalhal, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final 1st leg match between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday at Galpharm...

Sheffield Wednesday's move for the former Hamburg defender looked to have fallen through.

Sheffield Wednesday will 'splash out' to sign free agent centre-back Johan Djourou, The Sun on Sunday reports (August 6, page 64).

Djourou was on the verge of joining the Owls on Saturday according to The Sheffield Star, which later reported a deal for the Switzerland international had collapsed.

Swiss defender Johan Djourou looks on prior to a friendly football between Switzerland and Belarus at the Stadium Maladiere on June 1, 2017 in Neuchatel.Switzerland defender Johan Djourou

But it appears it is not completely dead in the water, with The Sun on Sunday suggesting Wednesday will meet Djourou's demands of a three-year deal worth £30,000 a week.

The report adds Carlos Carvalhal's side, who have only added free agent George Boyd to last season's squad, are 'already sailing close to the wind on wages' in relation to the Football League's financial fair play guidelines, but are 'taking the plunge' nonetheless.

Wednesday, who lost on their opening day trip to Preston North End, only have Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens as recognised centre-backs, with midfielder Sam Hutchinson and left-back Daniel Pudil deputising in the past.

Djourou, who began his career at Arsenal, missed a large chunk of last season through injury, prompting his release by Hamburg.

Should Sheffield Wednesday pay up for Djourou?

Carlos Carvalhal, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final 1st leg match between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday at Galpharm...Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal

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