GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Jesse Hogan of the Demons is tackled by Mitch Duncan of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Geelong Cats and the Melbourne Demons at Simonds Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

REPORTS: West Coast interested in Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan

West Coast has confirmed its interest in star Melbourne forward, Jesse Hogan, according the Herald Sun.

The Eagles intend to lure Hogan back to his home state when his current contract expires at the end of next season, to form what would be arguably the most formidable forward line in the competition, alongside two-time reigning Coleman Medalist, Josh Kennedy.

“We have been in constant dialogue with his management over a long period of time,” West Coast football chief Craig Vozzo told the Herald Sun.

“We have rated Jesse very highly from the time he was 16 or 17, and if that was an opportunity (to sign him) it’s one that our football club would strongly consider and explore.”

Fellow West Australia side, Fremantle, has also long been keen to lure Hogan back home.

Melbourne is hoping to re-sign Hogan prior to the commencement of next season in order to alleviate possible distractions around the 21-year-old’s future during the year.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are also waiting for delisted North Melbourne forward Drew Petrie to make a decision on his future, with West Coast keen to extend the veteran’s career, given injuries to Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett.