Sunderland and Newcastle United are being linked with Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi.

Newcastle and Sunderland have both been linked with the 22-year-old and although the Nigerian international's agent was not naming names, he claimed there are Premier League sides interested.

"I can say that Joel is a player liked in the Premier League," said Renzo Contratto. "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."