Everton manager David Moyes will be forced to utilise the loan market if he wants to add to his Goodison Park squad in the January transfer window.
The Toffees have been hit by a number of injury problems during the opening months of the season, but finances at the club mean that no big-money deals will be sanctioned in the New Year.
Moyes told reporters:"The situation hasn't changed regarding finances, but I feel we need to get players in. I have got one and I'm hoping to get another two or three.
"I'm working around the clock to see who I can bring in on loan. I would like to bring in a centre-half if possible.
"That's the priority for us, but it's a little bit harder at the moment finding anything else. I feel as if I can't keep waiting on injured players to return.
"There are not a lot of loan opportunities, but I have two or three I might be able to get.
"There are always one or two people who want to move players out. You don't get a club's best players on loan in January. You don't get their best players on loan at any time. So we're daft in thinking that.
"We hope to add players who will help us. If they can help us win a couple of games here and there, then they will be doing their job."