Manchester United have already successfully negotiated one £26.5m signing with Everton after the transfer of Marouane Fellaini from Goodison Park to Old Trafford.
While it may be the last time the two clubs do business this season, there is an air of resignation over Roberto Martinez's comments that 'you can't fight the trend' in modern football.
That trend may well be Everton's top assets joining David Moyes at the Theatre of Dreams.
United, after all, have money to spend.
Moyes could have spent more when the summer market was open for trading but failed in pursuits of players such as Francesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Ander Herrera.
There is every reason, therefore, to presume Moyes will be financially-backed in the winter window to recruit as he feels necessary and, if rumours are to be believed, two Evertonians - Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley - feature on his shortlist.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Martinez said: 'We have done it [resisted bids] before. Everything that happens needs to be to improve the squad, to give it a longer-term in relation to the strategy of the youth of the players and the blend you have with experience.
"That is based on football decisions and I can guarantee that will be the case in January 100 per cent.'
Moyes should look elsewhere, then, surely, but perhaps only for a short-term solution as Moyes continued: 'You can't fight the trend of the game but what you can dictate is the timing.'
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