Report: Transfer decision made over defensive prospect hunted by Everton and Liverpool
Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa is set to remain with the League One club with Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool unwilling to meet the £5million price tag slapped on the youngster’s head, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim in the live transfer blog on their website (24/01, 15:14) that the 20-year-old centre back was eyed by both the Premier League sides but decided against making a move as a result of the Addicks’ valuation, with several top flight sides said to be interested in his signing.
The report also states that the League One side were willing to let Konsa, who reportedly signed a £6,000-a-week deal until 202, depart for a high fee in order to boost the transfer funds available to manager Karl Robinson, but that he will now stay on as the club push for a top six spot, currently sitting seventh in the third tier.
He has made 30 appearances across all competitions this season, with 24 of those coming in the league, and also has four England under-20 caps to his name.
Football Insider verdict
With Konsa so hotly pursued by Premier League clubs, it appears as though it will be a matter of when, not if, he makes the move to the top flight. However the £5million valuation seems to have scared a couple of clubs off, so fans will be wondering whether he is all he is cracked up to be. There is a huge gulf between League One and the Championship, let alone the pinnacle of English football, and it appears he will have to prove himself some more before he gets the move of his dreams. Still, with Everton and Liverpool hunting his signing, he must be doing something right, and a late move this month should not be ruled out.
In other Everton news, James McCarthy has delivered an update on his status after a horrific injury.