Everton have Tim Howard on their books, and handed him a new two-year contract back in April.
He went on to star at the World Cup finals for USA and cement his standing as one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the global game.
The Toffees are delighted to have him and believe he has many years ahead of him at the age of 35.
Howard is, however, facing up to five weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury, leaving Roberto Martinez short in a key area.
He has Joel Robles on his books, a player with Premier League experience, but further support is being sought.
Everton will use the January transfer window to find a new shot-stopper and are eager to avoid dipping into the loan market if possible.
Martinez admits he is looking at goalkeepers but says he won't bring someone in "for the sake of it". #EFCvWHU— Everton (@Everton) January 5, 2015
Martinez adds that if a goalkeeper comes in he'd want it to be a long-term deal rather than a short-term one. #EFCvWHU— Everton (@Everton) January 5, 2015
Martinez is right to prioritise a permanent deal.
It may take a little longer to get an agreement in place, with there more transfer hoops to jump through.
Howard’s injury has highlighted a lack of depth, though, between the sticks and bringing quality cover on board at this stage will serve Everton well in the present and future.