The January transfer window will certainly see many Premier League clubs enter the market, but very few may be willing or able to part with any great deal of cash to strengthen their squad.
The league is, however, littered with talent that would be very good loan signings for teams challenging for European football or those looking to fight off relegation. Most have fallen out of favour at their current clubs, while a few others are at the beginning of their life as a top-flight footballer.
With clubs across England and Europe unwilling to part with their greatest assets at this stage in the season, loan signings may be the only alternative. Low risk but potentially hugely rewarding, there are undoubtedly players available who are good enough to make a difference for the remainder of the season.