Is Everton's apparent Ezri Konsa snub baffling as Brighton reportedly swoop in?

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on January 20, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Brighton and Hove Albion look set to win the race for Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa, after Premier League rivals Everton backed out.

Ezri Konsa of Charlton Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Northampton Town at The Valley on August 13, 2016 in London, England.

Everton are prepared to play the waiting game in their pursuit of Charlton Athletic youngster Ezri Konsa.

Unfortunately, it appears that their Premier League rivals are not prepared to join in.

Everton looked almost certain to sign the England youth centre-back this month, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that chief scout Martyn Glover watched Konsa in action recently. Charlton were also ready to listen to offers with the youngster seemingly within the Toffees' grasp.

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...

But despite the 20-year-old’s obvious potential, The Mail reports that Everton are not prepared to meet Charlton’s rather modest asking price of £5 million; a year after paying double that for Ademola Lookman.

It is certainly a questionable approach. Konsa is under contract until 2020 so his value is not going to decrease any time soon. In fact, quite the opposite, as the more he impresses the more he will be worth.

And it appears that Everton’s dawdling could cost them one of the most talented young defenders in the country.

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.

Because while the Toffees are unwilling to pay £5 million, The Sun reports that Brighton have no qualms about putting £8 million on the table and now hope to welcome Konsa to The Amex before this weekend.

The Seagulls have been in the market for a new centre-back and it appears they have identified their man.

Konsa, then, looks like one that got away for Everton. £8 million is pocket change to a club with the Toffees' financial resources and, if the centre-back fulfils his potential, he will be worth far more.

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