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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:38:00

Hamburg have signed Switzerland defender Johan Djourou on loan from Arsenal.

The 26-year-old has moved to Hamburg on an initial one-year loan deal with the Bundesliga club having the option to make the move permanent next summer.

Djourou, who undertook his medical with the northern Germany club this morning before putting pen to paper on his contract, spent the second half of last season on loan with Hamburg's Bundesliga rivals Hannover after joining during the January transfer window.

Djourou said on Hamburg's official website: "I'm very happy now that everything is sorted. HSV are a big club, with a lot of quality and great fans.

"I am convinced that this is the right step for my career."

Hamburg's director of sport Oliver Kreuzer said: "Johan was a priority as the defence is a very important part of our team. He has leadership qualities but is also fast, good in the air and very good on the ball."

The versatile Ivory Coast-born defender joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003 and has made 144 appearances for the Gunners.

The 24-year-old arrived at Valley Parade from Burnley last summer and went on to make 41 appearances, scoring two goals, as the Bantams clinched promotion to League One and reached the Capital One Cup final.

Parkinson told the club's official website: "Zav did well for us last season and we must thank him for his contribution, but he needs to go somewhere he is going to play regular first-team football."

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