West Ham United forward Michail Antonio has now said that he is not close to joining Everton at the moment.

The 33-year-old centre-forward has been linked with a move to Goodison Park throughout the summer as Sean Dyche looks to strengthen his attacking options.

However, Antonio has now revealed that there is currently ‘nothing solid’ with regards to a departure from the London Stadium.

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Speaking on the BBC’s The Footballer’s Football Podcast, the forward clarified the current situation in relation to the transfer rumours.

Antonio said: “I’m being linked and there are talks of me leaving but right now there is nothing solid or concrete so all I can do is keep working hard, keep playing for the team I’m definitely currently employed by and whatever happens, happens. Even if I did leave I would still be on the pod anyway, you can’t get rid of me!”

Michail Antonio could be a decent bit of business for Everton

With just one year remaining on his current contract, the West Ham forward would likely be available at a cut-price deal this summer.

Everton have already brought in Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal and today announced the signing of Youseff Chermiti from Portuguese side Sporting CP.

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Antonio could provide Everton with an additional target man should the Blues decide to make a move for the 33-year-old, though with ‘nothing solid’ with regards to the transfer rumours, this one may not come to fruition.

Everton get their Premier League campaign started tomorrow with the visit of Marco Silva’s Fulham to Goodison Park and could do with hitting the ground running.

However, Sean Dyche could be without star player Dominic Calvert-Lewin once again through injury, as if to emphasize the need to recruit well upfront this summer.

Antonio could do a job for Everton, but where he will be playing this season remains to be seen.