Mark Hughes kept a close eye on the Stoke City back balance over the summer, and will be doing so again in January.
Free transfers made up most of his dealings during the last window, with Bojan Krkic the most high-profile deal to demand a fee.
Hughes, though, is of the opinion that only minor tweaking is required at the Britannia Stadium.
For that reason, he will be scouring the loan market for players capable of making an impact in the English top-flight and hunting for youngsters with the potential to become stars of the future.
He told Sky Sports: “We won’t be spending any significant amounts of money, I wouldn’t suggest.
“We may look at loans, we may look at opportunities to bring, maybe, younger players, if they are available. But any significant business, in terms of financial outlay, I don’t think we’ll be doing that.”
As the window approaches, most of the speculation surrounding Stoke concerns possible outgoings.
He will be hoping to enjoy a quiet window all around, with the Potters prepared to end the opening month of 2015 in a similar position to how they start it.