Three reasons Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign Ezri Konsa

According to reports in The Mirror, Everton are leading arch-rivals Liverpool in the race to sign £5m-rated Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa after the League One outfit agreed to sell him this month.

The 20-year-old, who was part of the England U20 side that won the World Cup last summer, has been a regular for the Addicks over the course of the last 18 months and has been in impressive form for them this season.

The Mirror says his manager Karl Robinson rates him as the best defender in his age group in the country, and the Toffees are in pole position to bring him to Goodison Park having signed Ademola Lookman from Charlton this time last year, and with their chief scout watching the player in action against Blackburn Rovers last month.

Meanwhile, Southampton remained in the Premier League relegation zone despite drawing 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and they are yet to sign anyone despite selling Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75m at the start of January.

Mauricio Pellegrino will be focusing on strengthening his attacking options in the remaining days of the transfer window, but bringing Konsa to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewd move.

Three reasons Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign the 20-year-old…