Departures lounge for the Toffees
Everton manager Marco Silva admits there will be more departures than arrivals this month as he has been told by the club's board that finances are not available for new signings.
Out-of-favour striker Oumar Niasse, who joined in 2016 for £14million, is edging closer to a loan move to Cardiff, which would leave the Toffees boss with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and winger-turned-forward Richarlison as his options up front.
The trio have just 17 goals between them - of which Richarlison has scored nine - but there will be no reinforcements coming in January.
"It is not my job to change my mind," said Silva. "When you asked me the last few weeks the possible players coming or not in the market, I told you that you just can't sign someone if someone leaves the club or we sell someone.
"We don't have the financial conditions to go in the market, (that) is the feedback I have at the moment. I have to find different solutions."
Silva is not planning a huge clear out and insists the likes of Phil Jagielka, currently injured, and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still have a future at Everton.
Club captain Jagielka has made just two appearances, the last in November, and has featured in the squad a total of five times.
Schneiderlin's record is not much better with nine appearances, all-but one of which came before November, and 11 squad selections in 25 matches.
"Their future is here with me, every day working hard like they are," said Silva.