WHILE West Coast remains adamant it will not entertain a trade for Mitch Brown, St Kilda is still hopeful that a deal can be struck for the tall defender before today's trade deadline. The Saints have offered pick 25 and small forward midfielder Jamie Cripps for Brown, who is contracted to the Eagles for next year but has asked the club for a trade to the Saints.
St Kilda holds out hope a deal can be done if the Eagles can find a replacement back-up tall defender.
The Eagles are eager to secure Cripps, who is uncontracted and wants to play at West Coast, but the they have refused to tie Brown into a trade. St Kilda has thus far insisted it would be prepared to lose Cripps to the draft.
Brown's manager, Liam Pickering, said pick 25 and Cripps was a fair trade for his client and urged a deal to be done.
The Saints, meanwhile, have moved to secure a replacement for Cripps in negotiating a trade of a late pick for Sydney small forward Trent Dennis-Lane.
The Saints are seeking to load up with a fast forward line blending in quick recruits Tom Lee and Dennis-Lane to complement the pace of Rhys Stanley and Terry Milera.
Melbourne is still trying to find a pick to be able to trade to St Kilda for Farren Ray, who is still in contract and the Saints are happy to keep.
If Melbourne ruck-forward Stefan Martin were to be traded to Brisbane, the Demons would try to include that pick in a trade to St Kilda.
''I think that's fair,'' Pickering told the AFL Trade Radio. ''Now, West Coast don't think that's fair, so that's OK, but I would've thought Cripps and pick 25 for Mitch would probably be fair and reasonable.''
The Demons, meanwhile, have agreed to trade former No. 4 draft pick Cale Morton to West Coast for pick 88. Morton was still in contract at Melbourne and the Demons are prepared to absorb some of his contract for next year at the Eagles.
Amusingly, pick 88 appears to go full circle, passing through the hands of three clubs and ending up back at the Demons. Melbourne traded 88 to Port Adelaide yesterday for midfielder David Rodan. Port then passed 88 onto West Coast for Lewis Stevenson, and now the Eagles are likely to move 88 back to the Demons for Morton.
Melbourne is likely to finally complete a deal today for key position player Cameron Pedersen from North Melbourne, in an exchange for midfielder Jordan Gysberts. North had been trying to tie the exchange of Pedersen into a trade for Ben Jacobs from Port but Melbourne has no player or draft pick that could be passed on to Port that would satisfy the Power.
Richmond will today finalise a trade for North forward Aaron Edwards with the two clubs all but agreed on a trade that will be for a late pick - probably Richmond's pick No. 74.
In other deals, Carlton defender Jordan Russell was traded to Collingwood in exchange for the draft pick (71) the Magpies had received from the Western Bulldogs for former NSW scholarship player Tom Young.
Swans player Campbell Heath will move to Port Adelaide for a late draft pick, while Gold Coast secured Fremantle defender Greg Broughton.
The Tigers view the recruitment of Edwards as an ideal back-up to support forwards Jack Riewoldt and Tyrone Vickery.
Edwards has been squeezed for a spot at North, which has shown a preference for playing Robbie Tarrant and Lachie Hansen alongside their premier tall forward Drew Petrie, and they also have young forward Aaron Black on the list.
The Tigers opened up a spot on their list, and some money, by trading ruckman Angus Graham to Adelaide, receiving pick 40 for Graham and their own pick No. 50.