7 News journalist Tom Browne reported on Monday that the Bombers were pressing for Dunkley’s signature, with the likelihood of a trade now progressing.
Dunkley is believed to be happy at Whitten Oval, with a lucrative offer from the Bombers a factor that could tune to his satisfaction.
“My sources last night indicate that’s genuine interest, perhaps on both sides, and I think there’ll be more to play out there,” Browne reported on Triple M on Thursday.
“That’s a serious prospect, Dunkley getting to the Bombers. I’ll keep monitoring that one very, very closely.
“The mail out of the Bulldogs I got last night is they wouldn’t trade him so I think there’ll be an argy bargy there, which means it’s probably only a 50-50 proposition.
“But there’s definitely some wheels in motion.”
Dunkley’s position with the Bulldogs is a peculiar one, with the gun onballer struggling to cement his pace in midfield after returning from injury.
Western bulldogs great and broad member Luke Darcy was quick to quash any rumours of the kind on Monday, but changed his tune on Thursday.
“My belief would be if you’ve got a player of that quality – I think that system at the Bulldogs will be pretty good for Josh Dunkley’s development,” Darcy said.
“He’s got a two-year contract, he’s been an outstanding midfielder. It would take something pretty special to break that contract, I would have thought.”