Report: Everton close in on Charlton Athletic's £4m defender Ezri Konsa

Everton manager Sam Allardyce during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Arsenal had scouted Ezri Konsa this season but Everton look set to win the race for the centre-back starring in League One with Charlton Athletic.

Ezri Konsa of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Peterborough United at The Valley on November 28, 2017 in London, England.

One year after Everton raided Charlton Athletic for Ademola Lookman, the Merseyside giants look set to return to The Valley for another of their most highly-rated youngsters.

The Toffees have been linked with a move for centre-back Ezri Konsa for a number of months and now appear ready to step up their pursuit in the January transfer window.

London News Online reports that Konsa is set to get his chance in the Premier League this month, with Everton set to strike a £4 million deal with League One side Charlton.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo of Charlton Athletic moves forward with the ball away from Michael Smith of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match betweenNorthampton Town and Charlton...

It looks increasingly likely, then, that Arsenal will come unstuck in their attempts to beat the Toffees to one of English football’s most promising defenders. ESPN reported in November that the Gunners, who have made a habit of scouting and signing youngsters from the Football League in recent years, had been scouting Konsa throughout the season.

But the 20-year-old will not be following in the footsteps of former Charlton talent Carl Jenkinson in heading for The Emirates Stadium.

Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal crosses ahead of Sofiane Boufal of Southampton during the EFL Cup quarter final match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on November 30, 2016...

Konsa, who has won four caps for England’s Under-20s, has been a regular in the Addicks first-team over the last 18 months and has caught the eye with his pace, positioning and intelligent distribution.

He will become the latest homegrown prospect to join the Everton ranks since Steve Walsh was appointed as the club’s Director of Football in 2016, following Lookman, Josh Bowler and Lewis Gibson to Goodison Park.

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