MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Sam Draper of the Bombers runs with the ball during an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at The Hangar on May 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon will reportedly ask St Kilda for a first-round pick or Max King if the Saints come knocking for ruckman Sam Draper.

The Saints are in the market for a ruckman, and are reportedly interested in injured big man Sam Draper, who is yet to make his AFL debut.

Foxfooty.com.au revealed earlier this week the Saints are set to offer Draper a four-year deal worth $1.7 million, but the Bombers will need to trade Draper to the Saints if order for him to move clubs, and he won’t go cheaply.

On Triple M’s Dead Set Legends, journalist Jay Clark believe the Saints rate Draper that highly, but the Bombers will make them pay for the deal.

“St Kilda are saying this guy’s almost like a first-round draft pick, they rate him that highly,” Clark said.

“They’ll play hardball. They’re offering him ($1.7) million. I reckon Essendon will come out and say if you want him Saints and you’re going to pay that much money, then give us Hunter Clark, give us Max King, give us a top-15 draft pick.

“That’s what’s going to happen here. They’re not going to want to accept unders and if they only accept a second or third round pick, that’s a disaster for them.”