By Wayne Veysey

12th Aug, 2016 | 7:23am

Everton reported chase of £25.6m striker reaches a finale - report

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.

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“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.