Duncan Castles: Farhad Moshiri held Everton talks with Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri held talks with Nuno Espirito Santo in London on Monday to discuss the vacant manager’s role, according to Duncan Castles.

The Times journalist, speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast [09/06/21], expects the 47-year-old Portuguese to join the Blues this summer.

He said: “On Monday there were further talks between Santo and Everton, in fact I understand Moshiri was in London on Monday to conduct those talks and was confident that they could come to an agreement.

“The guidance I had from Nuno’s camp was that no agreement would happen that day.

“The following day there were talks between [Crystal] Palace and Nuno and those progressed to the extent that Palace thought they had their man and had an agreement, and had even gone to the point of having contracts drawn up.

“My understanding is Everton continued to push Nuno, particularly after they heard that he was close to joining Palace and that Nuno was unable to decide between the two clubs which offer was best on the table.

“The guidance I have on their strategy is they need to have a ready-made experienced manager, ideally one who knows the Premier League and can fit straight into their camp and not make too many radical changes in terms of coaching philosophy.

“That explains why they are pushing so hard for Nuno.

“His option in the Premier League at present is Everton unless another club comes in you would expect him to end up as Everton manager.”

Moshiri nets his man?

Did Monday’s meeting persuade Nuno to reject the Eagles and fly up to Merseyside instead? It looks like it had a large bearing, anyway.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday morning that Crystal Palace had ended talks with the former goalkeeper after negotiations hit a buffer over finances.

The manager hunt has been a relentless experience for all concerned, with countless names banded around and Blues fans getting restless as they yearn to know who Carlo Ancelotti’s successor is.

It looks like we know, now, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

We won’t be counting our chickens just yet, after witnessing one of the biggest managerial scrambles for some time, but events look to be progressing at pace.

Nuno would come to Everton with Premier League pedigree, having led Wolves to consecutive seventh-placed finishes before they took a slight downturn last season after costly injuries, ending the campaign in 13th.

In other Everton news, Simon Jordan ridicules ‘One-trick pony’ manager mooted by Jim White as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor.

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