By Tom Blackburn

Everton have no interest in signing striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City, according to a report.

Dutch publication Voetbal International claimed on Thursday that the Merseysiders are close to agreeing a £25.6million deal for the Ivory Coast striker.

However, the Liverpool Echo state that Bony, 27, is not a target for Everton even though they are still searching for a striker.

The report says that Bony was discussed to Everton by City as a makeweight in the deal that took John Stones to Etihad Stadium, but Ronald Koeman’s side rejected the offer and opted for a straight cash deal.

Manager Koeman admitted he is in the market for a new striker.

“That is one of the positions where we are looking,” Koeman said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

“It is that position and that is one of the reasons why I put Deulofeu in front at No9 to see if he can occupy that position.”

Bony only joined City for £28million from Swansea in January 2015 but has notched just six Premier League goals in that time and found it difficult to make the starting line-up, where his path has been blocked by Sergio Aguero.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old Ivory Coast international has Premier League pedigree, scoring 32 goals and supplying 10 assists in 90 matches in the competition.

Ashley Williams was unveiled on Wednesday in a £12million transfer from Swansea to become Koeman’s third senior arrival after the captures of Idrissa Gueye and Martin Stekelenburg.

Everton have also agreed a deal worth up to £30million with Crystal Palace for winger Yannick Bolasie, according to Sky Sports, and are locked in negotiations with Sunderland to sign centre-back Lamine Kone, as the defender searches for a route out of the club.

In other Everton transfer news, they receive a blow as a defender target drops Instagram transfer hint.