Liverpool and Spurs monitoring Aston Villa defender Konsa

Liverpool and Tottenham are monitoring Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa as both clubs consider their centre-back options ahead of the summer transfer window.

Konsa has enjoyed a superb season for Aston Villa who have emerged as contenders to secure European football this season, with only league leaders Manchester City having conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets than Dean Smith’s side.

The 23-year-old has formed a fine partnership with Tyrone Mings and his performances are understood to have attracted the attention of Gareth Southgate, with the England manager reportedly considering calling up the defender ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

Konsa has previously represented England at youth level and formed part of the side which won the U-20 World Cup 2017, impressing during spells at Charlton and Brentford before a £12m move to Villa Park in 2019.

According to The Athletic, the defender could now be in line for another move with both Liverpool and Spurs admirers of the centre-back, the former desperate for defensive reinforcements this summer after seeing their title defence crumble amid a succession of injuries.

Spurs have been credited as long-term admirers and are understood to be seeking a centre-back, with Davinson Sanchez having failed to convince since a £42m move from Ajax and Eric Dier currently enduring a disappointing run of form.

Konsa’s value could be set to increase with an England call-up ahead of the next round of international fixtures, the Three Lions aware that the defender may receive advances from Angola, DR Congo and Portugal with the youngster eligible for each nation.

Konsa has made 20 league appearances for Aston Villa so far this season, scoring two goals and helping the club keep nine clean sheets.

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