Taranto, 24, is the biggest name set to leave the Giants as the club faces another exodus in the AFL trade period.
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With multiple teammates in the mix to move, it perhaps comes as no surprise that one has affected another’s plans.
7NEWS Melbourne’s Tom Browne recently reported that Taranto – who spent some time in the Victorian capital this week – is deciding between the Tigers and Magpies.
In a further update on the talks, he has now revealed the Pies have “slightly cooled” on Taranto “from a big-money perspective”.
“According to a well-placed trade source, they are now putting energy, in particular, into Bobby Hill,” Browne said on Triple M.
The 22-year-old Hill sought a trade to Essendon at the end of last season but was held to the final year of his contract with GWS.
He subsequently played the first 11 games this year before taking leave in the wake of a testicular cancer diagnosis and surgery.
The Bombers have not appeared in the conversation to bring Hill to Victoria this off-season, with the small forward seemingly locked in on Collingwood.
That has left Taranto with more to think about in his move, with Browne reporting that the midfielder is “now leaning towards Richmond”.
The Tigers have gaps to fill in their long-term midfield, with Dustin Martin battling injuries this year, Shane Edwards retiring after the finals and Trent Cotchin turning 33 early next season.
GWS have so far refused to give up on re-signing Taranto, who has reportedly had offers in front of him to extend his time in Sydney.
Adam Kingsley’s appointment as the club’s senior coach breathed new life into the Giants’ ability to fight for Taranto’s signature, according to football boss Jason McCartney.
“Tim’s out of contract so he’s got a call to make. We would love to retain Tim,” he told SEN this week.
“Tim has been a wonderful player for our club over the last six years.
“He was a best and fairest winner in a grand final year, so we’d love to be able to retain Tim.
“Obviously the opportunity for him to speak with the new coach in Adam Kingsley over the next few days will be important.”
Jacob Hopper and Tanner Bruhn are the other GWS midfielders reportedly keen to leave the club, though the former is contracted for 2023.
Both have been linked to Geelong but Bruhn, a former Falcons junior, may find a home with a Melbourne-based club.
McCartney said the Giants hope to convince Hopper he can stick around and play “a really important role” in their midfield next year.
Elsewhere, Tom Browne reported GWS have shown interest in luring Fremantle ruckman Lloyd Meek over to New South Wales.
Josh Dunkley has been rated 50-50 to stay at the Western Bulldogs amid interest from Port Adelaide.
The 25-year-old, who has had a strong two seasons since his ill-fated attempt to move to Essendon, wants a long-term deal, potentially up to five years.
Cam Zurhaar appears more likely to stay at North Melbourne than leave for Essendon in the wake of Alastair Clarkson’s arrival at the Kangaroos.
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