Premier League clubs are showing considerable interest in Inter Milan's Joel Obi according to his agent.
The 22-year old Nigerian midfielder made just three appearances for the Serie A club last season because of injury but it is believed that Tyne-Wear rivals Newcastle United and Sunderland are both attracted to his qualities.
"I can say that Joel is a player liked in the Premier League," his agent Renzo Contratto told FC Inter News. "The guy had a difficult season but now is fine.
"He will leave for the Inter pre-season and then we'll see what the club wants to do.
"Obi is an Inter player and has a contract until 2017 but from now to the market's end, no one can predict what will happen."