The phrase "realistic buy" for Everton generally covers free agents, loan options, unproven prospects or players not at the top of their game for a considerable period of time.
This is of course due to the club's renowned lack of resources and current inability to produce transfer revenue to bolster their squad without first losing their own assets.
However, this summer may well prove to be slightly different for the Toffees. Marouane Fellaini is widely expected to vacate Goodison Park in search of Champions League football, and while that will come as a blow to the club, it should at least provide them with some spending power. More than has been available for many years.
On top of that, Phil Neville announced yesterday he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, meaning there may well be two significant names taken off the wage bill along with a handy sum of cash available.
All of a sudden there seems far more of an opportunity to replenish the squad than there's been for several years at the Toffees.
Whether or not that prospect is enough to entice David Moyes to stay at the club remains to be seen, but it's certainly conceivable that some more lucrative options will be mulled over this summer.
At the very least, the standard of the word "realistic" in relation to Everton can at least be raised a few levels to include some more exciting talent.
Therefore, here's a look at some of those potential options, possibly already on the Toffees' radar.