If the rumours are true, then Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill might have as much as #15 million to spend in January.
And, if the reports are also true that it is not only Robbie Keane but his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Jermain Defoe who are most interesting O'Neill, then there would not be much change out of that #15 million.
Certainly, strikers have to be top of the agenda, given Villa's general lack of a real spearhead up front.
Juan Pablo Angel has clearly had his best days, Chris Sutton is probably only a short-term solution, the little-used Milan Baros is a pale shadow of what was expected of him. And Gabriel Agbonlahor, for all the fact that he has not missed a minute's football this season and the glowing accolades suggesting an early England call, is still very much one for the future — and also best kept for his preferred wide right role.
Admittedly, Martin Laursen's continued injury problems may have heightened the need to bolster the defence. But, as far as the outfield section of Villa's playing staff is concerned, the only likely guarantee with regard to O'Neill's plans would seem to be that the midfield will remain untouched.
O'Neill's one major signing so far was a midfielder, #6.5 million spent to bring Stiliyan Petrov with him from Celtic in the summer. And such is his apparent strength that such a talented player as Lee Hendrie has been allowed out on loan to Stoke City, with a view to putting him in the shop window for January.
Already this season, midfield mainstay Gavin McCann has had four different central midfield partners, Petrov, Gareth Barry, Isaiah Osbourne — not to mention the young man who was his sidekick for most of last season, Steven Davis. And, although not the sort to think with any sort of complacency, McCann is not worried by all the talk of in coming transfers.
"That's happened throughout my career at Everton and Sunderland," he said. "Managers bring in new players for whatever reason and all you can do is go out there and do your best and not worry about the gaffer signing players in your position.
"We've certainly got a few options. Having started the season with three in midfield, I've now played in there with Gareth, Stan, Isaiah and Davo. And, although I was frustrated not to play because I was suspended last week, it was nice to see Davo come on and have such a good impact for the last 20 minutes at Wigan.
"You forget he's only young because he was one of the better players last season and it must have been hard for him playing week in, week out at the stage, with all the internationals as well.
"Isaiah played well at Everton the week before and did well again on Sunday, so the gaffer's got plenty of choices."
Osbourne's near-mishap when he headed against his own post last week was another example of Villa riding their luck. But McCann acknowledges that maybe they were owed some.
"We've had more penalties than anyone else when last year we conceded the most. But I think we deserve our luck the way we've been playing.
"We've played some good stuff, the lads are happy and now we just need to beat Middlesbrough on Saturday. We've had some dodgy results against them. They beat us at home two seasons ago and again in a Sunday game last season. And, although we beat them away, it's our home form against them we need to put right. With Manchester City to come on Wednesday night at Villa Park, it's a big five days for us."
McCann will return from suspension just in time for a duel with another fellow tough competitor in George Boateng, one of number of former Villa employees in the visiting contingent. And he admits that it was frustrating to be only sat in the stand at the JJB last weekend.
"I don't mind watching," he said. "I actually like to going to games. And at least you can carry on with your training. it's not like when you're out injured.
"But really I was gutted not be playing after the win at Goodison and when I'd only just come back from injury.
"When I came back I was on three bookings and thought I'd be all right for a few weeks. Then I picked up two in two games, of which the one at Everton was a bit harsh. But that's half the trouble now. Even the so-called non-dirty players are getting them. We've got a couple of lads on three or four."
Stoke City have beaten the clock to secure the services of Aston Villa midfielder Patrik Berger on-loan until January 4.
The Czech Republic international will go straight into the side to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The former Liverpool and Portsmouth player, now 33, has made just two appearances for Villa this season and he will now link up with Villa team-mate Lee Hendrie in the heart of the City midfield.