In between the fireworks and celebrations which marked the advent of 2014 on January 1, one may have been able to hear another sound on the stroke of midnight. A booming and victorious sound.
Yes, that of the January transfer window swinging emphatically open. Much to the delight, or despair, of club managers across Europe, players can now be bid on, purchased and transferred between clubs.
After four months of endless speculation, now is the time when we discover whether all those column inches dedicated to potential comings and goings may amount to anything.
With its many foreign investors and wealthy owners, it is the English Premier League that is often seen as the trend-setter of transfers.
In the same transfer window this time last year, there were only two EPL clubs (out of 20) who did not add to their team: West Brom and, surprisingly, the big-spending Manchester City.
This is despite being the world's ninth most valuable team (as reported by Forbes), although they did eventually miss out on the league title and may have regretted this abstinence.
One thing is for sure: We will not see wholesale changes, instead a case of "fine-tuning." Regardless, one or two shrewd signings could mean the difference between survival or relegation, Champions League or Europa League, title winners or runners-up.
But where will these new imports come from? One place could be Italy—many have seamlessly made the transition from Serie A to the Premier League and the country is renowned for producing some of the world's most technically-gifted players.
Let's now take a look at five players who, with the credentials to augment the right team, may be the subject of bids from EPL clubs.