By Alan Hutton

15th Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit stunned after major twist in Everton-Nuno negotiations

Alan Hutton has admitted he is stunned Everton have reopened talks with Nuno Espirito Santo after being snubbed for Crystal Palace.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he would have moved on from the Portuguese boss if he was on the Toffees’ board.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (June 14th), Everton are in advanced talks to appoint Nuno and are already looking at potential signings.

However, Nuno had snubbed the Toffees earlier this month (June 9th) to seemingly set his sights Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

Talks with the Eagles fell through and Everton have returned to the negotiating table with the 47-year-old, although no deal is done yet and the club are talking to other managers.

Hutton insisted the former Wolves boss must have impressed the Goodison Park board with his plans.

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However, he admitted he would never have reignited discussions in their shoes.

“I’m really surprised,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“If I’m an owner, sorry, you’ve had your chance. I’m moving away because you’ve set your stall out, your cards on the table and he’s not agreed. He’s gone to another team, that’s not worked out and now he’s coming back? Not for me, no way.

“I think if you give somebody that opportunity, they turn you down and they go and speak to somebody else then it’s time to move on.

“I think the overall picture is what he did at Wolves was absolutely fantastic. He’s obviously a great manager and probably someone that can come into Everton and move them forward.

“I do see why they’ve returned to speaking to him because they obviously like his philosophy. His thinking, where he wants to take the team and so forth. I do understand that.

“But me, if I was an owner, I wouldn’t be too happy.” 

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Everton are on course for FFP trouble after £80million confirmation.