Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs looks increasingly unlikely to return to Adelaide, while deals for Gold Coast star Jaeger O’Meara and Richmond veteran Brett Deledio hang in the balance as the AFL trade period winds down.
With the clock ticking on the final day of trades, the Crows have been unable to satisfy the Blues’ demands for the 27-year-old, who still has three years to run on his contract.
The Crows have the No.13 draft pick at their disposal but Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni on Friday said it would take a lot more than that to seal the deal.
“Nothing’s come across the table that we’re satisfied with,” he said.
“We’re a long way off.”
There are reports Adelaide could trade midfielder Jarryd Lyons to Gold Coast for a second-round draft pick and package it with their first-round selection in the hopes of getting the Gibbs deal over the line.
Greater Western Sydney are confident of landing Richmond veteran Brett Deledio after making a surprise bid for the versatile midfielder.
The Giants on Thursday night confirmed 29-year-old Deledio had nominated them as his preferred destination.
Deledio had originally sought a trade to Geelong but the Cats were unable to secure a deal with the Tigers and ruled themselves out of the race for his services.
It remains unclear whether Gold Coast will be willing to deal young gun O’Meara to Hawthorn, with the two sides locked in a bitter dispute over his value.
Suns chairman Tony Cochrane angrily rejected the Hawks’ latest offer of picks 10 and 48 for the 22-year-old, who hasn’t played since 2014 after struggling with knee injuries.
But Hawks list manager Graham Wright on Friday said he was optimistic a deal could be done.
“We’re still really hopeful today,” he told reporters.
“We’ve tried to do a couple of things overnight so we’ll speak to them and see where it gets in a couple of hours.”
O’Meara would be forced to nominate for the draft where Essendon hold the first overall pick if a deal cannot be reached.