Sam Allardyce has sent scouts to watch Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa ahead of a January move, according to reports.
The Liverpool Echo write that Everton scout Martyn Glover was in attendance at Ewood Park as Charlton faced Blackburn Rovers. The Toffees are apparently planning a January bid, and Arsenal are another of the clubs following the 20-year-old.
Charlton manager Karl Robinson said back in September that Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal had been in contact with them about a move, but the club wouldn’t let the youngster go unless the Premier League clubs met the asking price.
Then, in November, Robinson admitted that his gut feeling was that Konsa would leave the club in the winter window, and they’d be looking for a minimum of £5m, possibly with a loan back for the remainder of the season.
Since then, Konsa has continued to be a regular in the Charlton side, although his team have struggled to put results together, with just one league win in the last month.
That could mean the defender pushes harder for an exit, although the likes of Arsenal and Everton would have to evaluate that the u20 England international wasn’t the cause of the team’s poor form.
Arsenal already have a number of young defenders, with Rob Holding and Calum Chambers on the fringes of the first eleven, and Krystian Bielik a promising prospect, if he can stay fit. So we’ll have to wait and see if Wenger is interested in investing in another.