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 are currently leading the race to obtain the services of Tim Taranto should he leave GWS in the upcoming trade period.

The out-of-contract Giant has been linked to a move out of Sydney in recent months, tipped to return home to Victoria in 2023, with both the Tigers and Collingwood reportedly keeping a keen eye on Taranto.

Speaking on Triple M, Browne revealed that the Pies have cooled on their pursuit of Taranto, instead casting their eyes towards another Giant in Bobby Hill.

"It's between Richmond and Collingwood," Browne said.

"It's my understanding that Collingwood have slightly cooled on Tim Taranto and according to a well placed trade source this morning is now putting it's energy into Bobby Hill.

"I think Taranto is now leaning towards Richmond."

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Lachie Whitfield, Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto of the Giants look dejected after losing the round 9 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Marvel Stadium on May 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The uncontracted Taranto has played 16 games for the Giants this season, averaging 25.4 disposals, 3.8 clearances and 4.8 tackles per game.

He has played 114 games for GWS in total since his debut in Round 1, 2017.

Fellow Giant Hill requested a trade at the conclusion of the 2021 season to Essendon, but a deal was never reached between the parties. After being drafted in 2018, the small forward has played 41 games across his career, playing only 11 in 2022 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in May.

The 22-year-old made an inspirational return to the VFL last weekend, playing in the Giants' last game of the season.

The AFL's trade period is set to begin on Monday, October 3.