MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Josh Bruce of the Saints celebrates a goal during the round two AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Reports suggest St Kilda forward Josh Bruce is close to a move to the Western Bulldogs.

According to the Herald Sun, Bruce will likely receive a lucrative three or four-year offer from the Bulldogs.

St Kilda are said to be aware of the interest in Bruce, who kicked 36 goals for the club in 2019.

The Bulldogs move for Bruce is said to be driven by former Saints list manager Ameet Bains, who now works as CEO of the Bulldogs.

Bruce is contracted for one more season with St Kilda, however the Saints are yet to make significant moves to secure his long-term future.

The 27-year-old placed fourth in the league for total contested marks and would be an exciting pairing with young Bulldogs forward Aaron Naughton.

Bruce joined the Saints in 2014 after a move from the Greater Western Sydney Giants and has since played 99 games for the club.

Facing a rebuild after eight years of missing out on finals, St Kilda are likely to want at least a second round pick for their 197 centimetre forward.

Earlier reports also suggest the Saints may also be moving on from key tall Jake Carlisle, opening up space for young tall Max King to gain experience in 2020.

The Saints are also rumoured to be chasing Port Adelaide big man Patrick Ryder, Sydney's Zak Jones, Fremantle's Bradley Hill and Adelaide's Alex Keath.

The Western Bulldogs are also expected to be active in the trade period, with salary cap space being made available after missing out on Chad Wingard last year.

The Dogs are also interested in adding Gold Coast's Jack Martin to their young midfield in 2020.

The Bulldogs head into finals as one of the most in-form teams in the competition and will go up against GWS in Sydney on Saturday afternoon.