This January is likely to be a pivotal month at Everton that could ultimately prove crucial in shaping the long-term future of the club.
Not only could the Toffees do with a batch of reinforcements to revive their quest for the top four, but the success of this transfer window may have a considerable bearing on whether or not David Moyes decides to extend his current contract at the club.
Moyes released quotes a few days ago highlighting how he doesn't intend to discuss his future until after January, presumably wanting to see what business he's permitted to conduct first.
If the usual financial restraints hold him back, there's a genuine possibility he may not choose to extend his stay with the Toffees. A scenario that would be nothing short of disastrous.
In short, Moyes wants Everton's hierarchy to release funds and keep hold of his key personnel before he himself commits to the club.
All that considered, here's a look at the latest rumours surrounding the Toffees as this crunch period draws ever closer.