Have Brighton left West Brom free in race to sign Aden Flint?

Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace waves to fans during the end of season lap of honour during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace v Stoke City at Selhurst Park on May 7,...

Premier League relegation scrappers West Brom and Brighton were both linked with Bristol City centre-back Aden Flint, but the Seagulls have a new target.

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.

Ezri Konsa looks set to leave Charlton Athletic before next week’s transfer deadline, but it seems that he won’t be heading to Merseyside after all.

Despite speculation that Everton were set to seal the signing of the 20-year-old centre-back, The Sun states that Brighton have swooped in and are prepared to offer £8 million; a fee that Charlton would likely accept.

As such, the report adds that Brighton manager Chris Hughton hopes to complete the signing of Konsa before the weekend.

And reports that the Seagulls are set to sign the England under-20 international have emerged just hours after it was claimed they had a £6 million bid rejected for Bristol City’s Aden Flint, as reported by The Mail.

Aden Flint of Bristol City during the pre season match between Bristol City and FC Twente at Ashton Gate on July 28, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Hughton wanted one more defender this month and it appears that Konsa will be his new addition; potentially leaving West Brom free to step up their interest in Flint as a result.

The 6ft 7ins centre-back, who has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, is reportedly seen by the Baggies as a potential replacement for Jonny Evans according to the Sunday People (14th January, page 47), who looks increasingly likely to leave with Arsenal stepping up their pursuit.

Aden Flint of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal but it is later disallowed during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at...

Evans’ departure is sure to land West Brom a fee around £20 million, meaning they would be handed the funds required to make a move for Bristol City’s man mountain.

And the chances of Flint lining up at The Hawthorns next month might have got a little higher with Brighton set to sign Konsa.

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