Report suggests Everton have admitted defeat over West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton are one of several clubs credited with interest in the West Bromwich Albion defender.

Oumar Niasse of Everton closes down Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2017 in...

Everton appear to have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Jonny Evans' signature, as Arsenal and Manchester City make approaches for the West Bromwich Albion centre-back.

The Telegraph reports that Everton are 'among a number of other [Evans] suitors', but adds that there's a recognition they cannot compete with Arsenal or Manchester City for the 30-year-old, who 'wants European football and the chance to compete at the top again'.

It is claimed that West Brom want £25 million to part with Evans, who has 18 months left on his contract and 'indicated that he would be unwilling to sign a new deal'.

However, it is suggested that Arsenal and City could use either Mathieu Debuchy or Eliaquim Mangala respectively, as makeweights in any deal for the former Manchester United man.

City player Eliaquim Mangala reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Everton have moved quickly to strengthen their attacking options, recruiting Cenk Tosun from Besiktas JK. And some Toffees fans believe that a defender should also feature on their club's agenda, as well as a defensive midfielder.

Who should Everton target instead of West Brom's Evans?

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