North Melbourne has shown an interest in Melbourne midfielder Jordan Gysberts as a potential solution to the impasse in getting key position player Cameron Pederson to the Demons.
The Demons have so far been unable to satisfy North Melbourne with a suitable draft pick to trade for the Kangaroo.
Melbourne has already used the No.3 pick on youngster Jesse Hogan and its No.4 selection was considered off limits. The Demons have also committed their second-round selection to Jack Viney under the father-son rule.
In a busy trade period for the Demons, they also secured Chris Dawes from Collingwood for a late first-round pick and a swap of third-round picks, making it harder for them to satisfy the Roos with a suitable draft pick for Pederson.
Gysberts was the No.11 pick in the 2009 draft but, after some initial progress, his career stagnated in the 2012 season.