Hawthorn, the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne have emerged as potential suitors for out-of-contract Magpie Jamie Elliott, according to Channel 7’s Tom Browne.
It is believed that Collingwood are only offering the injury-prone 27-year old a two-year deal, while Melbourne have already reportedly come calling with a three-year deal.
And a big-money offer could be enough to poach the small forward away from the Holden Centre.
“The race for Elliott has heated up this morning,” Browne told Channel 7’s Game Day.
“Melbourne are offering three years, Collingwood are offering two.
“My understanding is this: multiple clubs, with money, are interested in Elliott.
“The main ones would be Hawthorn, potentially with salary cap space, also the Bulldogs and North Melbourne, so I think there will be a real race for Elliott now in coming weeks.
“He’s really proved his worth again after those injuries in recent weeks.”
Browne believes Elliott's preference is to remain at Collingwood, but could be forced out from the club's salary cap squeeze.
“Collingwood’s got tight salary space, Melbourne’s got tight salary cap space, I don’t think he wants to go somewhere else but he’d obviously want to maximise, at some point, his value,” he said.
“Collingwood are not in the position to offer perhaps as much money as he’d like at the moment.”