Everton boss David Moyes will rundown the clock in his search for new signings.
He has produced plenty of January jewels - including nabbing Steven Pienaar just before the window slammed shut last year.
And he accepts that Everton will once again leave it late.
Moyes said: "We've tended to be Christmas Eve shoppers, so hold on to your hat. Myself and the chairman have said there was a little bit of money we could do some business with.
"That hasn't changed so it makes it harder to get the level of player you might be looking for."