Brazilian outfit Internacional have insisted they have no plans to let reported Sunderland target Ignacio Scocco leave the club in January.

The Black Cats were known to be interested in the Argentine international before he joined Inter in the summer.

Now reports in England have claimed that Sunderland are once again hopeful of landing him.

However, Inter chief Giovanni Luigi has insisted that they are not looking to sell.

He told Radio Gaucha: "Scocco is a great player, a player [manager] Abel Braga knows well. We want to count on him."

Scocco himself admits a return to Newell's Old Boys - where he spent last season on loan and impressed with 24 goals - would be his first choice if he did leave, although he did not rule out other clubs.

"In Argentina, the team that always has the priority is Newell's, but I know that it's very difficult because of economic reasons and it doesn't depend on me, it depends a lot on Internacional and any team that can pay what the Brazilians expect," he said.

"For a reason of being thankful, respect and feelings, Newell's is always going to be first, but I don't close the door to anybody."