Fremantle is reportedly ahead of West Coast in the race for an off-contract Tiger. However, Richmond remains viewed as the most likely landing spot for the in-demand Western Australian for 2025 and beyond.

Both the Dockers and Eagles have been tied to premiership Tiger Liam Baker, who remains unsigned beyond this year.

The Pingaring product gained interest from both WA clubs two years ago before recommitting at Punt Road, with intrigue from his home state renewed ahead of another contract call.

Baker has delayed discussions on his future early into the new season as he places a focus on his form, with the 26-year-old set to return from a one-game suspension this weekend when the Tigers face the Eagles in Perth on Sunday.

As West Coast potentially look to pry Baker back home, the Eagles are said to be third in the queue for the Tigers utility, who is viewed to be more likely to remain in the yellow and black than seek a switch across the Nullabor.

According to Triple M's Ryan Daniels, Fremantle are seen as the leading club for Baker between the two Western Australian sides.

The Dockers are loaded with a trio of first-round picks for this year's draft alone, with the Cockburn club joining the Eagles in being "very, very interested" in Baker's services.

"Liam Baker is exactly the type of player you want, no matter where your club is at. If you're West Coast and you're trying to develop some toughness, versatility and winning culture... that's Liam Baker," Daniels said on Xav and Michelle.

Liam Baker following the 2022 AFL Round 19 match between Richmond and Fremantle (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

"It doesn't matter where your club is at, that's why every club is lining up to get a shot at Liam Baker. Richmond are absolutely desperate to re-sign him, he's having a really good season.

"West Coast and Fremantle are very, very interested. I would say Richmond is leading the race, because it is hard to pry someone away. He's going to command a lot.

"I would rank it that Richmond are cleary ahead, then I'd say Fremantle are next. He would fit in very well at Freo. They have the draft capital to get him, and I know West Coast are interested too.

"He met with both of those clubs two years ago and ended up staying at Richmond. In three weeks they're all going to sit down and Liam Baker is going to figure out what he's going to do."

Richmond coach Adem Yze recently said the club would give Baker "the world" if he remained with the Tigers beyond this season.

Speaking after his side's Round 3 win over Sydney, Yze acknowledged the value Baker has to the Victorian club.

"We'll give him the world if he wants to stay at our footy club, but if he decides to go, that's the nature of the game," Yze said.

Liam Baker and Tyler Sonsie during the 2022 AFL Round 19 match between Richmond and Fremantle (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

"While he's here, we just want him to play free, enjoy his footy and make that decision when the time comes.

"That's the only thing I've been talking to him about. I just want his effort to be high and just enjoy walking into the footy club.

"We love him; he knows that."

Baker will play his 115th game for Richmond on Sunday when the Tigers face West Coast at Optus Stadium.