Hawthorn have made a sensational entry into the AFL trade period with a reported play for Essendon utility Jake Carlisle.
Fairfax Media reports that the three-time reigning premiers are negotiating a three-way deal with the Bombers and North Melbourne that would see one of the most in-demand players of the off-season head to the AFL heavyweights.
The proposed deal would send Jed Anderson to the Kangaroos with an exchange of picks between the three clubs.
Carlisle, who issued his intent to leave Essendon at season's end, had nominated St Kilda as his preferred AFL destination.
Hawthorn have built their recent successes on the back of similarly stunning trade and free agency moves from struggling clubs.
Melbourne defender James Frawley moved to the Hawks last season, with ruckman Ben McEvoy swapping St Kilda for Waverley in 2013.
Jack Gunston (Adelaide) and Brian Lake (Western Bulldogs) also left clubs in the bottom third of the AFL ladder to join Alastair Clarkson's side.