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Liverpool & Everton fight out for £5million rated League One defender

The Mirror reports that Liverpool and Everton are vying for the signature of highly-regarded Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa. The Addicks are prepared to part way with the youngster, who won the Under-20 World Cup with England recently, for £5million.

If Liverpool were to be successful, then the 20-year-old would link up with Joe Gomez, who also made the move back in 2015. Everton however have been known for giving younger players the chance to play as well, and Konsa could easily end up on the blue side of Merseyside too. Ademola Lookman also made that transaction in recent times too. Sam Allardyce’s side are believed to have the slight edge in this proposed deal, after chief scout Martyn Glover watched him against Blackburn Rovers last month.

Speaking recently, Charlton manager Karl Robinson has started to resign himself to losing one of his prized assets,

“My gut feeling is that he will go in January.

“If I was him I’d be looking to go in January but we should look for £5million minimum. Maybe we could try for a loan back but the player has to want that.”

Konsa has made 31 appearances for Charlton this season, valuable experience for one so young. He has now earned over 50 first team appearances for the club, which is certainly why clubs in the Premier League have taken notice following a string of impressive showings in a Charlton Athletic jersey. His exploits with England as well won’t have gone unnoticed, just like a number of that title-winning squad.

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