Transfer deadline day is shaping up to be one of the quietest since the window came in after a summer which has seen an unprecedented reluctance to spend in the Premier League era.
The only club to have bucked the trend, mega-rich Manchester City, have seemingly concluded their business for the year, meaning the prospect of massive sums changing hands before tonight's 6pm cut-off appear slim.
Football finance expert Joe McLean, a partner at chartered accountants Grant Thornton, believes there will have been plenty of movement today but few fees of any sort paid.
"It would be wrong to say there won't be any transfers at all," he said.
"I still expect a few reasonably sized deals to go ahead.
"But what you can be certain of is that there will be a whole plethora of loan deals and exchange transactions."
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is in the tricky position of having to sell before he can buy and there has been talk of the Spurs boss wanting to sign Villarreal's former Manchester United man Giuseppe Rossi on loan.
Robbie Keane would be sacrificed for any new arrival, with West Ham confirmed admirers of the former Inter Milan striker -- and a second loan spell at Celtic is also rumoured to be on the cards for Ireland's record goalscorer.
Shay Given was running out of time to force a move from Manchester City after falling behind Joe Hart in the pecking order, but the club are unlikely to sell the Ireland keeper to one of their top-four rivals.
Stoke are eyeing up taking former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco for the season, with Potters chairman Peter Coates confirming he was trying to complete the deal for the Icelandic international.
One of the few sides ready to splash the cash are Birmingham and they were today closing in on the signing of Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek, whose contract in the Russian capital expires in December.
Arsenal had to decide whether it was worth making a fresh bid for Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer, who they have been chasing for some time.
Liverpool are trying to boost their attacking options and manager Roy Hodgson continues to be linked with West Ham's Carlton Cole, while full-back Paul Konchesky's arrival from Fulham looks to be formality.
The most expensive transfer of the day may take place at Sunderland, who have reportedly opened negotiations with Rennes over signing Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan.
North East rivals Newcastle United still have defender Steven Taylor on the transfer list, while Charles N'Zogbia remains in limbo following the collapse of his move from Wigan Atheltic to Birmingham City.
Like Spurs, West Ham must sell before they buy and speculation remained rife over the Upton Park futures of Scott Parker, Cole and Valon Behrami.
But the clubs that could see the most comings and goings before the window closes are Stoke and Blackpool, who are both keen to make several additions to their squads.