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Manchester United star Jonny Evans attracting interest from Everton

GOAL By Scott Loney     Follow Goal UK on Twitter

Everton are considering a summer move for Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans, Goal understands.

The defender has been in and out of United manager Louis van Gaal's first-team plans this season due to a spate of injuries and, more recently, a six-game ban for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.

The Toffees have been monitoring Evans's team-mate, Adnan Januzaj, in recent weeks with a view to a loan deal for next season and Roberto Martinez is also an admirer of the Northern Ireland centre-back.

Everton will be restricted in what they can spend this summer but would be interested in doing a deal if United are willing to part with Evans for around €14 million.

The 27-year-old has been at United for nine years and part of the first-team setup since 2008 following loan spells at Royal Antwerp and Sunderland.

He challenged Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic for a starting berth at centre-back during Sir Alex Ferguson's final years as manager but has been beset by injury problems during his last two seasons.

Under David Moyes, he played in fewer than half of his club's Premier League games due to recurrent calf problems and, in the current campaign, has so far featured in just 13 of United's 34 league games.

Van Gaal has been running the rule over his squad all season but has been paying close attention to his defensive options.

Brazilian right-back Rafael, for example, is considered expendable and is likely to leave the club in the off-season.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Evans have all been under extra scrutiny this season as Van Gaal assesses which of the three senior centre-backs he inherited from Moyes he will take into the coming campaign.

Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels is the Dutchman's priortity target for the centre of defence this summer, while Van Gaal has recently handed Smalling a contract extension until 2019 after being won over by his improving performances throughout the campaign.

Both Evans and Jones's contracts are due to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season, which will also embolden Everton in their pursuit of the former.