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Bruce - Keeping Johan would be a massive bonus

Johan Djourou is clearly impressing with his displays for Birmingham City this term – for his manager Steve Bruce would ‘love’ to sign him on a permanent basis.

The Swiss defender with Ivorian roots is currently enjoying the experience of regular top-flight football under the command of one of the Premier Leagues all-time great defenders.

His loan spell, it is hoped by Arsene Wenger, will enable him to return to the Emirates Stadium fit and in form to cover the absence of Kolo Toure when he heads off to the African Cup of Nations in the New Year.

But Bruce, although certain Arsenal will not consider a sale, is hoping to persuade Le Gaffer to extend the deal until the end of the campaign.

“Johan is a fantastic player and offers us something a bit different to what we’ve got,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

“The agreement was always until January, and we do have to respect the fact that he is their player. Of course, nearer the time we will address it with Arsenal and Mr Wenger to see if there is any chance of Johan staying longer.

“I would love to sign him permanently – not just extend the loan. But I must be realistic. I think for us to keep him, we’d have to offer Arsenal the Bullring and a bit more.”

Have YOU seen Djourou in action for Birmingham this season? How is he playing? Is he ready to come straight into the heart of Arsenal’s defence in the New Year? Send us your thoughts via the comments section below…

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Posted by Mo Khan on October 2, 2007 12:12 PM in News
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