The agent of Lazio midfielder Ogneyi Onazi claims clubs in England have been linked with the midfielder including Sunderland.
Reports in Nigeria claim that Sunderland and West Ham are interested in the powerful midfielder, who is rated at around the £7m mark.
He made 14 appearances in Serie A for Lazio last season, playing a total of 22 games for the Rome-based outfit in all competitions.
Onazi’s agent, Stephen Makinwa, told Turkish-football.com that clubs from the Premier League have made enquiries for the 2013 African Cup of Nations winner.
“There are many clubs interested in the Onazi including from England,” Makinwa said.
“He is the captain of the Nigerian national team so it is natural for there to be interested and Besiktas are one of those clubs.”
Everton, Southampton, Swansea and Greek giants Panathinaikos have also been linked with the player who has two more years on his present deal.