Everton boss David Moyes doesn't expect to do big business in January.
But he told BBC Radio Five Live: "Last year we sold (Diniyar) Bilyaletdinov for £5.5million back to Russia and that gave us the opportunity to go and buy.
"We spent the money we got in - that is the way we have tended to work.
"My intention is not to sell anyone this January.
"Because of that what I'll be hoping to do is pick up a couple of loan players or maybe a 'Bosman' if there is anything out there, although at this time of year you rarely get anything of the right quality.
"Normally buying at this time doesn't work, albeit it did for us last year."