The free agency and trade periods are nearing, and with the build-up, we're looking to cover all of the latest trade news and rumours.

Read up on all of today's news, rumours and analysis for this off-season.

Bombers among clubs interested in contracted Saint

Essendon are understood to be among several clubs expressing interest in fringe Saint Ben Long.

According to AFL.com.au's Mitch Cleary, a number of Victorian rivals have Long in their sights, despite the 24-year-old being contracted until the end of next season.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6: Ben Long of the Saints celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round seven match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Long signed a three-year deal with St Kilda in March, 2019 - securing his services to the Moorabbin club until 2022.

READ MORE: Long in sights of several circling clubs

Blues showing interest in Eagle

Carlton are understood to be keeping an eye on potentially departing Eagle Jarrod Brander this off-season.

Reports earlier this month suggested Brander would not be offered a new deal at West Coast for 2022, however the Eagles are yet to confirm the critical list call.

Now, according to Fox Sports' Tom Morris, the Blues could look to swoop on Brander as they look to bolster their midfield stocks under Michael Voss.

FULL STORY: Brander gaining interest from Carlton 

Bargain Buys: Six players who could be what your club is after

Every year there are the big-name players thrown around, who seem to take up most of the conversation this time of the year.

While getting most of the attention and excitement, often it's some of the players that go under the radar in trades and signings that make the biggest impact for their club.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Ben Ronke of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round15 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

We take a look at some of the undervalued or unwanted players that could prove to be a valuable pick up for a team this off-season.

SIX BARGAIN BUYS THIS TRADE WINDOW 

Cats’ asking price for Clark

Geelong's asking price for wanted speedster Jordan Clark is reportedly placed between Fremantle's first and second-round selections, according to The Herald Sun.

The Dockers and Clark are believed to have met ahead of next week's exchange window, with the 21-year-old assessing his options to potentially return to his home state of Western Australia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Jordan Clark of the Cats in action during the 2019 AFL round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Clark is yet to officially lodge a request to Fremantle, however, should the former first-round selection look to be traded West, Geelong will be aiming to land a second-round selection at the very least.

READ MORE: Cats aiming for high pick in Clark trade

Interstate suitor linked to out-of-contract Hawk

Port Adelaide are understood to have out-of-contract Hawk Tim O'Brien in their sights this off-season, according to reporter Sam Edmund.

Speaking on Trade Radio on Monday, Edmund revealed that the Power are a potential suitor for the 27-year-old, who is facing an uncertain future at Waverley.

O'Brien, along with fellow Hawks forward Oliver Hanrahan, will reportedly need to wait on a new deal at Hawthorn for 2022.

READ MORE: Power showing interest in Hawks high-flyer

Future of Suns young gun in the spotlight again

Ben King's future at the Gold Coast Suns has once again come under question. AFL Trade Radio's The Early Trade discussed the clubs that should pursue the young forward if he requests a move back to Victoria.

Since being drafted by the Suns in 2018 with the No.6 pick, there have been speculations around King's future at the club.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Jack Lukosius and Ben King during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session on November 26, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Earlier this season, it was reported that St Kilda were looking to pursue King to pair him with his brother Max to create a dynamic forward setup.

FULL STORY: King linked to Bombers as contract call remains 

FIVE potential landing spots for Jarrod Brander

West Coast utility Jarrod Brander is believed to be heading for the exit at Lathlain Park, with a return to Victoria potentially on the cards.

Reports emerged earlier this month that the 22-year-old would not be offered a new deal past the 2021 season.

With plenty left to offer at AFL level, we've named FIVE fitting homes for the Bendigo Pioneers product.

FIVE OPTIONS FOR OUT-OF-FAVOUR EAGLE

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