Inspired by the signing of Juan Mata, you could have been forgiven for expecting Manchester United were about to embark on a spending spree.
Manager David Moyes has been keen to play down such suggestions, and temper expectations heading into the final week of the transfer window.
He told The Telegraph: "I don’t think we’ll have any more in January. I’m still working on it and looking to do things – we know exactly what we’d like to do and if it changes in the last week, which sometimes it can do, then we’ll try.
"I hope it will be the first of some new signings that will arrive, but more likely in the summer. We see this as the start."
So 'unlikely' but not impossible. So where should David Moyes be tentatively looking to see if he can do anything?
The obvious and only pressing area is the centre of midfield. Anderson has been loaned out to Fiorentina, while Michael Carrick is out injured for a month.
Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund is an ideal long-term replacement for Carrick, but it looks unlikely he will be sold this month, and with his injury problems this season, United would be better to hold off.
Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan is, by virtue of default after his possible transfers to Juventus and Chelsea collapsed, a midfielder who would be affordable and who could be considered an upgrade on the club's current options.
United to their credit have surprised everybody by pulling off the Juan Mata deal nobody believed possible, so fans will just have to hope David Moyes has another trick up his sleeve and is just playing coy.
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