during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the St Kilda Saints at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney midfielder Dan Hannebery has nominated St Kilda as his preferred destination, although Collingwood are interested in prizing the premiership player away from under the Saints’ nose.

Foxfooty.com.au believe the Pies are watching the situation, and are ready to pounce on Hannebery if the Saints and Swans can’t agree a deal.

The three-time All Australian still wants to get to the Saints, and are reportedly aware of the Pies’ interest in him.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson confirmed the mutual interest on AFL 360 on Monday night, and has confirmed he’s met with the 27-year-old.

“Dan’s made it pretty clear that he’d like to come to us. We’re keen to get him to come to us and it’s pretty important that the coach gets involved at that stage. The season’s over, his season over, so the timing was right. Sydney were aware of all of that,” Richardson said on AFL 360.

“We think that he’s got a lot of really good footy left in him. He has the potential to add a lot of value to our team and our footy club. We’re really confident.”

St Kilda’s current offer to Hannebery of a four-year deal with an option for a fifth on around $800,000 a season blows Collingwood’s offer out of the water, given the Pies are still in the lead and are more investing in bringing Steven May to the club.