Could Steve Evans look to re-sign Sheffield Wednesday's Jack Hunt if appointed Nottingham Forest manager?

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Leeds boss has been linked with the Nottingham Forest position. Could he have his eyes on Sheffield Wednesday defender Jack Hunt if he is appointed?

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has been linked with the vacant Nottingham Forest manager's post this week, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting the club made an approach to the Scot.

BBC Nottingham Sport reported a denial of these claims, but with Evans' future uncertain at Leeds, this could yet get the chance to play out this summer.

Evans is a manager who likes to be active in the transfer market, and would be desperate that Forest's transfer embargo is lifted in order to let him improve the squad.

One player he could immediately win favour with supporters by signing, is former Forest loanee Jack Hunt, currently at Sheffield Wednesday.

Forest tried to sign Hunt permanently after an impressive loan spell last season, but were priced out of the market at the time his owner Crystal Palace, The BBC reported.

As a result he joined Evans' Rotherham United on loan, with the boss telling Rotherham's club website at the time: "His performances whilst on loan earlier this season at Nottingham Forest can only be described as outstanding."

Evans said earlier this season that finances prevented Rotherham signing Hunt, telling the South Yorkshire Times: "It galls me when I see the likes of Jack Hunt want to come here but can’t come here."

This season the right-back has continued his excellent form at Sheffield Wednesday, who are in the promotion hunt. The Owls are unlikely to want to let him go, but that could also depend on whether they clinch a Premier League place, and decide to splash out on improving the squad as a result. The club may also not want to let Hunt go to Forest and watch him be a big success, as they did with Michail Antonio.

Making a move for Hunt would be ambitious, but also help win over his doubters should he be successful. If appointed, Forest fans can at least take solace in the fact that Evans has a good eye for a player, but to this end, Leeds United may decide it is best to keep the Scotsman put.

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