The Scot says that he was flabbergasted by the derisory sum offered by their Premiership rivals for one of their most important players.
“I think that is insulting. It was £250,000 on Saturday afternoon when I was leaving the ground and they upped it to £500,000 on Monday morning. That was £250,000 now and £250,000 paid in a year’s time.
“There is no reaction to that. I think an offer like that for Everton’s captain is a disrespectful offer to the club and I think it is a disrespectful offer for a player of Phil’s qualities.
“I could understand it if he had six months to go on his contract, but he has 18 months to go and he has played more or less every game for Everton. I think it is as surprising an offer as I have known in my career.