Sheffield Wednesday's move for the former Hamburg defender looked to have fallen through.
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?
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal