By Harvey Byrne
Fierce north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are in battle for Charlton defender Ezri Konsa, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed on their website that the Premier League duo are locked in a race to sign the 19-year-old centre-back, who was a member of the England Under-20s World Cup-winning squad.
The youngster made his debut for the Under-20s during the semi-final win against Italy before being named as an unused substitute for the final win over Venezuela.
At club level the centre-back has enjoyed similar success after breaking into the Charlton first team aged just 18 and last season he was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Year after playing in 39 matches in all competitions.
Konsa is still contracted to the Addicks until 2020 and fans of the London-based side will hope that he can help them move out of League One.
However, a move to the Premier League with either of Tottenham or Arsenal could certainly prove too tempting and cause him to leave a club he has been at since 2009.
Football Insider verdict:
The Charlton youth academy is currently flourishing and in recent years alone they have brought through the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson, Ademola Lookman and Joe Gomez and Konsa could now be the next one to join the list. The youngster is highly rated at the Adicks and showed in his performances last season that he is also ready to play at a higher level than League One. Tottenham previously unearthed a gem in Dele Alli from the English third tier and if Konsa joins and is half as successful as the England international then Spurs will have acquired a very good player.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Premier League manager has urged his club to make Spurs an offer they can’t refuse.