This is the final week before the Premier League's cluttered festive period gets into full swing.
Suddenly clubs face a run of five fixtures across two weeks while attempting to deal with the start of the transfer window. In short, it's about to get hectic for every Premier League club.
Roberto Martinez will want to bolster his Everton squad with one or two new faces to compensate for injuries to Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone.
At the same time, the likes of Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley are sure to attract considerable attention, which Martinez will aim to quash.
Once again, 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 winter, last week's transfer gossip can be found here.
—LAST UPDATED FRIDAY, DEC. 20—