Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is wary of blowing their transfer budget on bad deals.
While Palace may seek to break the £7million club transfer record set with the September 2014 arrival of James McArthur from Wigan, Pardew is loath to do so lightly.
"It isn't just about the money and isn't just about the figure that you pay," said Pardew.
"It really is about are they better than what you have.
"Therefore what is their value? And that is what you have to gauge.
"I have to say this club has done very well in the transfer market prior to me coming in. I think in that window just passed we bought really well, but really we haven't seen them.
"I haven't had to lean on Shola Ameobi, Jordon Mutch, Chungy (Lee Chung-yong) too much really.
"And I really did think, particularly in Shola, that he was going to be a massive player for us if it got close.
"In a way the team have taken that equation away."