MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Tim Taranto of the Giants celebrates his first AFL goal during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the St Kilda Saints and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on May 05, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Richmond have emerged as one of the favourites to obtain the services out-of-contract Giant Tim Taranto, per reports from SEN's Sam Edmund.

Taranto has been linked with a move away from the Giants throughout the season, yet to sign a new deal with just one full round remaining in the home and away season.

The 2016 no.2 draft pick has played 113 matches for GWS since his debut in 2017, but now looks primed for a move to Victoria, with Richmond emerging as a potential suitor.

Speaking on SEN’s Crunch Time, Edmund revealed that both the Tigers and Collingwood are the main contenders for the 24-year-old's signature.

Tim Taranto is a really interesting watch at the moment,” Edmund said.

Richmond are right in the mix here. I know he’s been linked heavily with Collingwood, but Richmond (is) coming hard for Tim Taranto as well.

“So the Pies have a dog in the fight here, Geelong to some extent as well, even though the Cats like the idea of Jacob Hopper in the hoops next year.

“So Tim Taranto, if you’re sitting here right now, you’re saying he’s either going to be at Punt Road or Collingwood next year.”

The Giants are facing what has been labelled a trade 'exodus' as they try and free up cap space, with Taranto, along with Jacob Hopper, Tanner Bruhn and Bobby Hill all tipped to head through the exit doors at the conclusion of the season.

Taranto, who is from Melbourne, has played 15 games for the Giants in 2022.