ESSENDON is baulking at a trade of picks as part of the deal to get Stewart Crameri to the Western Bulldogs.
The Dogs could secure the tall forward by giving Essendon picks 26 and 42, with the Bombers handing back its pick 48.
But the Bombers want to use 48 in another deal, believed to involve a Greater Western Sydney player.
With just three-and-a-half days to go in the trade period, Crameri could still walk out on the Bombers and enter the pre-season draft.
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The clubs have been in negotiations for weeks and may yet shake hands on the original offer of a straight swap for pick 26.
Crameri’s teammate Scott Gumbleton, who was the No.2 pick in 2006 national draft, could head to Fremantle in exchange for pick 54.
Former Bulldog midfielder Daniel Cross has signed a one-year deal with Melbourne.
The 30-year-old has the option of a second season.
St Kilda and Brisbane have began discussions over Billy Longer’s move to Seaford with the Saints adamant they won’t be giving up pick 18.
The deal is likely to be done for one of St Kilda’s second round picks, either 24 or 25.
North Melbourne defender Luke Delaney is expected to become a Saint later today in exchange for late draft selection.
The Saints have ruled out any last-minute trading of veteran Leigh Montagna who was reassured at a meeting with the club last week that he was a required player.
Defender Sam Fisher is also likely to stay despite strong interest from GWS.
Collingwood officially gained Jesse White yesterday in a three-way deal which also saw them move up in the draft to No.6.
The Magpies received selections 6 and 44 from West Coast in exchange for picks 11, 31 and 49, with 44 on-traded to Sydney for White.
National recruiting manager Derek Hine said White’s versatility and improved form this season appealed to coach Nathan Buckley.
“Jesse has a combination of speed, power and height,” Hine said,. “His versatility was also a factor.
“Jesse has played key forward, third forward, in the ruck, and, with his pace, up on a wing.
“At 25 he has lots of football ahead of him, he is seasoned so he helps us straight away and, in our view, the best of Jesse White is yet to be seen.”
Hine also said he was confident the current stand-off with GWS about the trading of Heath Shaw would be resolved in the coming days.
The Pies want to recruit Taylor Adams, a former No.13 draft pick, in a straight swap for Shaw, but the Giants are pushing for a sweetener in the form of draft picks.
“One player is a proven player, a premiership payer, at the peak of his powers. The other boy is a first-round draft choice, a 20-year-old who potentially has plenty of scope (to improve),” Hine said.
“Both parties have really strong opinions on their relevant player and they’re both consistent and both on the right track … I’m really confident we’ll be able to get something sorted out in the not-too-distant future.”
The Pies now have selections six and 10 – which they won’t part with – and don’t have another pick until 67.
The Giants have picks 1, 2, 21 and 22 and are not expected to use any later picks.