Sitting in 13th place in the Premier League table with just five wins from 20 games, it's fair to say that this season hasn't gone to plan for Everton and manager Roberto Martinez.
Having narrowly missed out on a top four place last season, much was expected of the Toffees this time around, especially after the summer signings of Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o.
Yet with 33 goals conceded - only QPR have leaked more goals - it's at the other end of the pitch where Everton need reinforcements.
Bizarrely then, Martinez is being linked with a move to sign Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney, who the Spaniard coached at the DW Stadium during his time as Latics boss.
Maloney, 31, was an £850,000 signing for Martinez back in August 2011, and the former Celtic star racked up 10 goals and 13 assists in the two years he spent under Martinez.
Now in the Championship with Wigan, Maloney is set to leave for a return to the Premier League, and naturally, speculation has linked him with a reunion with Martinez at Goodison Park.
However, the Liverpool Echo suggest that Everton aren't interested in signing Maloney despite Martinez being a fan of the player.
Instead, a £1m move to Leicester looks to be on the cards, with Everton prioritising goalkeepers and defenders during this month's transfer window.