After a summer of speculative links, persistent rumours and one or two extravagant predictions, the end of the transfer window is finally near; something sure to come as a relief to most clubs.
Now in the home straight, the last few days tend to prove the most chaotic of all, as clubs scour the market for that last-minute coup while desperately clutching on to their own prized possessions.
At Everton, the focus remains on fending off interest in Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. Each player's future has been a recurrent theme in gossip columns all summer, and if either—or in the worst case scenario, both—are to leave the Toffees, replacements will be needed in a hurry.
Elsewhere, though funds are limited, Roberto Martinez could do with more firepower in attack, while his options in midfield look a little sparse, regardless of Fellaini's future.
For the final time, here is your weekly dose of transfer rumours and stories surrounding Everton. Be sure to check back later in the week for any further developments.
For those keeping track of all Toffees-related links over the summer, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.
—LAST UPDATE: Friday, August 30—