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16th Aug, 2016 | 3:59pm

Everton striker target drops Twitter transfer hint

By Harvey Byrne

Everton target Charlie Austin has dropped a clear hint that he will not be leaving Southampton this summer.

The Saints striker posted a message on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday saying “don’t believe everything you read” following reports he could be headed to Merseyside.

Austin, 27, did not explicitly say that he would be staying at Southampton, but it is a clear hint that he will be at St Mary’s Stadium after the transfer window shuts.

This comes after the Evening Standard reported on Monday that Ronald Koeman had lined up a move for his former Saints striker.

The former QPR star forward posted a Twitter message with the Saints colours alongside his number 10 shirt number and ‘Saintsfc’ hashtag.

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“You can only control the controllable, don’t believe everything you read,” said the former Poole Town player on the social media platform.

It was revealed by Hampshire publication the Daily Echo on Tuesday that the Saints were yet to receive an official bid for the player and that the south coast club were determined to keep their squad intact.

Koeman brought Austin to St Marys in a £4million deal from QPR in January.

The forward has made just eight appearances for the Saints during his seven-month stay at the club, with just two starts after scoring on his debut from the bench against Manchester United.

He was restricted to an 83rd minute substitute appearance for the Hampshire club in their opener against Watford, with new signing Nathan Redmond picked ahead of him.

Nevertheless, Austin is a proven goalscorer and was wanted by a number of Premier League clubs after scoring 45 goals in 75 starts at former club QPR.

His record in the English top flight is equally impressive, with 19 goals from 43 appearances in the competition.

Everton have looked to add Premier League experience to their squad this summer with the additions of Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams, Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gueye, but it seems as though Koeman’s former player won’t be named alongside the incoming transfers this window.

In other Everton transfer news, Gary Neville has revealed that he was glad John Stones quit the Toffees to join Manchester City.