Roberto Martinez has hinted that Everton are working hard to try and secure January deals for a list of targets.
The Toffees have struggled through the campaign to date, with an injury crisis exposing some weaknesses in their squad.
It seems that Martinez is attempting to rectify these faults by brining in players at the next available opportunity and, although he was giving no clue about the names of these potential additions, he did suggest the club have some transfers in the pipeline.
RM on the January window: “We always do our business on the quiet and we always work hard behind the scenes."— Everton (@Everton) December 12, 2014
Everton have been linked with making a loan move for Barcelona defender Douglas in recent times, but other than that rumours of incoming players at Goodison Park have been few and far between.
Martinez was heavily backed this summer with funds, but it seems that he hasn't exhausted his entire budget during the previous transfer window.
January, therefore, looks set to be a big month for the Merseyside outfit, but not just because of incoming transfers.
The return of John Stones is also imminent - with the England international possibly available this weekend for the side's game against Queens Park Rangers - and Martinez believes he will be able to step-up his comeback in the new year.
RM: “John Stones is desperate to get back on a football pitch. From January to the end of the season he can step up his level again."— Everton (@Everton) December 12, 2014
Everton would generally be struggling against fatigue in their weekend fixture, as they had to play a Europa League game in midweek, but Martinez delibaretly rested most of his first-team squad.
The Toffees progress from the group-stage was already secure so they named a youthful looking line-up against Krasnodar.
In the end, it led to them losing the tie 1-0, but Martinez was still pleased with the performance his fringe players put in with academy-product Ryan Ledson particularly impressing.
RM: “I was impressed with Ryan Ledson last night, there are some young players who need loans and some ready to help the first team."— Everton (@Everton) December 12, 2014
Everton will be back to full strength on Sunday against QPR and they know that a win against the London side could elevate them into the top-half of the table.