Essendon and Sydney are “no closer” to agreeing a deal for Bombers forward Joe Daniher, according to Matthew Lloyd.
Lloyd revealed on Monday that Essendon rejected the Swans’ offer of picks five and 25 for Daniher who is contracted at Tullamarine for another year.
“As of last night, there was no improvement,” Lloyd told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.
“As we sit here right now … they are no closer to getting a trade done.”
Reports emerged over the weekend suggesting Essendon enquired about the possibility of including Sydney young guns Isaac Heeney, Nick Blakey as well as co-captain Luke Parker in the Daniher deal.
Callum Mills, Ollie Florent and Tom McCartin have also been thrown up as names that could be part a trade.
Lloyd believes Sydney will have to make do with an established name to have any chance of satisfying Essendon’s demands.
“I understand (Isaac) Heeney, (Nick) Blakey and (Callum) Mills are no-go zones for the Sydney Swans,” Lloyd said.
“I thought the next the layer down from those three is Florent and Tom McCartin but a big cross has gone through those guys still from the Sydney Swans.
“For Essendon, draft picks aren’t a big thing for them, it’s more about getting players in because they’ve brought in so many, they want quality players to replace Joe Daniher.
“It’s got to that point where there will have to be a player come into this from the Sydney Swans I think to break the deadlock and get Daniher to the Sydney Swans.”
Daniher, 25, has kicked 188 goals in 104 games for Essendon and is a one-time All-Australian in 2017.
Listen to Matthew Lloyd’s chat on Telstra AFL Trade Radio in the player below