AFL Rd 6 - Essendon v North Melbourne
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 11: Adam Saad of the Bombers is tackled by Jasper Pittard of the Kangaroos during the round 6 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 11, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

In-demand Essendon defender Adam Saad is reportedly "leaning towards" Carlton as several clubs circle the out-of-contract star.

Reporter Tom Browne spoke of the latest updates surrounding Saad on Triple M's Hot Breakfast, suggesting the Blues

“I mentioned Adam Saad yesterday, the Blues ramping up their efforts,” Browne said.

“I’m told this morning that he’s leaning towards the Blues.

“He hasn’t officially left the Bombers yet, but the Blues have made a very attractive offer.

“He’s got four or five clubs into him.”

It is understood that Saad is also on the radar of North Melbourne, while Essendon continue to press hard to retain their pacey defender.

Saad is believed to be after a five-year deal, with the Bombers only having offered a four-year contract to the 26-year-old.