Everton boss David Moyes does not expect to be able to make any major signings during next month's transfer window.
Moyes kickstarted an outstanding 2012 for the club by bringing in Nikica Jelavic, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar during the corresponding window last season.
But that was a rare opportunity for Moyes to spend after being constrained by tight budgets in previous years and the situation is likely to revert to the recent norm this time.
Moyes told BBC Radio Five Live: "Last year we sold (Diniyar) Bilyaletdinov for £5.5million back to Russia and that gave us the opportunity to go and buy.
"We brought in Steven Pienaar on loan from Spurs, we bought Jelavic from Rangers for £5million and Darron Gibson from Man Utd for £500,000.
"We spent the money we got in - that is the way we have tended to work.
"My intention is not to sell anyone this January.
"Because of that what I'll be hoping to do is pick up a couple of loan players or maybe a 'Bosman' if there is anything out there, although at this time of year you rarely get anything of the right quality.
"Normally buying at this time doesn't work, albeit it did for us last year."
One player who could be coming onto the loan market in January, according to reports, is Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa.
When this was mentioned to Moyes, the Scot said: "Yes, I saw that mentioned and I agree.
"If he was loanable and he wanted to join Everton, we'd be more than happy to have him."