Everton were it seemed lookng at a quiet month after what has been a truly tulmultous few months to end 2023 with the ten point deduction imposed by the Premier League's commission for breaching FFP rules, being the lowest moment.
In addition, the continuing uncertainty over the club's ownership as 777 Partners are still awaiting the authorities' decision about their proposed takeover, has left the Toffees in an even more precarious financial position than before.
All this meant that it was extremely unlikely the Blues would be bringing anyone new in - despite the need for reinforcements especially up front and out wide - unless it was a loan deal or something similar.
However stright away rumours started again about the future of certain players particularly midfielder Amadou Onana and winger Arnaut Danjuma.
While it now looks as though Danjuma might well stay at Goodison Park after all, Onan's future is still very uncertain.
Reports have been almost constant since the window opened and follow a series of rumours that the Belgian star is ready to leave Merseyside for pastures new.
Both Arsenal and Newcastle United are said to be keen on luring the former Lille player away from Everton with offers this month.
Tyneside has seemed to be his most likely destination but Arsenal are once again being linked with a possible move.
All this adds further unsettling noise for Sean Dyche and his squad as they prepare for a hugely challenging second half to the season.
Another player who is also being consistently talked about is Ben Godfrey with a number of clubs reportedly tracking him.
Among them are Italian clubs Genoa, Atalanta and Serie A giants AC Milan as well as Sheffield United and Leeds here in England.
Godfrey has found his opportunites very limted in recent months and he has not been a first choice for Dyche since the manager's arrival a year ago.
There is a sense of frustration that a player who arrived with a £20 million price tag in 2020 during Carlo Ancelotti's term as manager hasn't been able to fulfill the real promise that seemed to be there at the time.
So, a move away would perhaps be good for him and help to revive a flagging career. But given the lack of depth in Everton's squad would Dyche be able to let him go?
This is a recurring theme with all the individuals currently being linked with possible moves to other clubs.
Regardless of whether such moves suit both parties, the Toffees also need cash not just for any future spending on strengthening their squad but also simply to keep paying the bills.
777 Partners, despite not yet being sure if they will in the end be allowed to buy the Blues, have been loaning the club money in the interim period since their agreement with Farhad Moshiri in September.
That obviously cannot go on forever and in the meantime just adds to all the debt the club is building up for the future.
And the prospect of another points deduction if the Toffees are found in breach of FFP regulations once more, might even eventually push the club into receivership.
It is tough and continuingly uncertain times for Everton and so player sales before the window closes surely cannot be ruled out.