Everton manager Roberto Martinez has suggested to the Liverpool Echo that he won’t be doing much business before the end of the window.
The transfer window close this Monday and Martinez has been very open in his belief that the club can’t get their first choice targets if they move for players over the next few days.
“You never get value for money, first and foremost, and you will not get players you have been following for a long time,” said Martinez.
“And if you want to rely on January to find solutions for your season then it is a big gamble.”
It’s difficult to get value for money because any club with a player another side is trying to buy can instantly hold them to ransom.
The January window is shorter than the summer one, which means clubs have less time to do business and less time to bargain and negotiate as a result.
It’s difficult for teams to get their long term targets because most sides won’t want to lose squad players or first choice stars in the middle of the season.
Once they’re gone, it can be very difficult to replace them with someone who is just as good in terms of quality or consistency.
Whether Everton move for a player before the end of the current window remains to be seen, but Martinez sounds like a manager who won’t make moves for the sake of doing so.
His hand could be forced late on if the side picks up any serious injuries this weekend, but otherwise he seems content to battle away with what he has for the rest of the season.