AFL trade news and rumours Day 4 live blog

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    We’re a few days into the AFL trade and free agency period and still waiting for our first trade of the year – will it come today? Join The Roar today from 9am AEDT for a live blog of all the news and rumours.

    What is that first deal likely to be? It’s hard to say, but there’s a bit of talk that Jarman Impey’s move from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn might be the first exchange of the year to be formally ticked off.

    In terms of the larger trades that are at work though there has been at least a little bit of progress in some of the big name deals.

    Jake Lever’s move to Melbourne looks a much smoother process than it did just a week ago when he requested the move, with Melbourne reportedly willing to consider giving the Crows two first-round picks as requested if they get something back the other way.

    Essendon however seem to face a serious battle to get all of Jake Stringer, Demon Smith and Adam Saad on their list. They reportedly made an offer of pick 11 to Gold Coast for pick 19 and Saad which has been knocked back.

    The Bombers have said they’re open to trading Aaron Francis home to South Australia if the right deal comes up, and there’s also some talk of Travis Colyer being on the trade table.

    Speaking of Gold Coast, they may be in the market to do a pick swap with St Kilda, with the deal likely revolving around the Saints giving up picks 7 and 8 for Gold Coast’s pick 2 and an early second-round selection.

    However that may be complicated by the possibility of St Kilda still being in the market for more established talent, with some speculation that despite GWS ruling out trading Adam Tomlinson, he may still be a chance to move.

    Darcy Lang also appears to have three potential suitors in Gold Coast, Carlton and North Melbourne, with the latter’s pursuit reportedly being the most advanced.

    Join The Roar today from 9am AEDT for a live blog of all the news and rumours.

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.