Southampton's Charlie Austin responds to Everton speculation on Twitter

Southampton's Charlie Austin

The 27-year-old was reportedly disappointed not to make the starting lineup at the weekend, with links to hooking up with Ronald Koeman following soon after.

Southampton's Charlie AustinSouthampton's Charlie Austin

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has taken to Twitter to seemingly address speculation linking him with a move to Everton to meet up with former boss Ronald Koeman.

With the Toffees looking for attacking reinforcements whether they can hang on to star striker Romelu Lukaku or not, the Dutch legend is said to be open to raiding his previous club for a Austin, with the Mirror suggesting the Saints man is questioning his future following the opening Premier League weekend. 

But the attacker swatted away such rumours, instead underlining his commitment to the Southampton cause on Twitter.

Koeman completed what was heralded as the bargain signing of the winter transfer window when he brought in the 27-year-old for a fee of just £4 million (Mirror), with his QPR contract having only a number of months to run before it expired.

Austin duly scored the winner on his debut for Southampton in what was a massive 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, hinting at the forward making a big impact in the second half of the season.

But as it turned out, hamstring and knee injuries restricted him from winning a regular spot, and Austin ended the season with just seven appearances for his new club, making the starting line up just twice.

Charlie Austin celebrates after scoring for Southampton against Manchester UnitedCharlie Austin celebrates after scoring for Southampton against Manchester United

With Graziano Pelle leaving for China this summer, the expectation was that the former Burnley man would compete with Shane Long for a starting berth under new boss Claude Puel. 

The striker had to make do with being a late substitute against Watford at the weekend in what was a 1-1 draw, with Nathan Redmond partnering Long in the attacking areas.

But Austin's comments seem to shoot down the possibility of a move to Goodison Park, by pouring cold water on the claims that he is unhappy at St Mary's, meaning Koeman may have to look elsewhere for attacking additions.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the matchEverton manager Ronald Koeman

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