On Saturday Ryder was in Sydney meeting with officials from Greater Western Sydney.
The 26-year-old has also been linked to the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide. Port ended its finals campaign in spectacular fashion on Saturday night and the club is now expected to switch focus and turn its full attention to Ryder.
In the wake of Essendon's case against ASADA being defeated in court on Friday, sources close to Ryder have told AFL.com.au that the ruckman has finalised his wish to leave the club just two years into a four-year contract.
The important ruckman could attempt to leave the Bombers on the grounds they seriously breached their duty of care to him through the supplements scandal of 2011-12.
That clause could also be used to convince the Bombers to orchestrate a trade.
Ryder enjoyed probably his best season in 2014, averaging a career-high 26 hit-outs and kicking 20 goals in 21 games.
Earlier this week, Essendon defender Cale Hooker was hopeful Ryder would reject overtures from other clubs and stay with the Bombers.