Gary Rowett knows he promotion is the expectation at Stoke City this season and is sure to be backed in the market to deliver on that.
However, departures seem inevitable with key men from last season, such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Jack Butland, sure to leave when they return from the World Cup.
They will be tough to replace for the former Derby boss but they will increase his budget and resources, which could be greater than any other Championship club.
Having had little funds to work with at recent jobs with Birmingham and Derby, that will excite Rowett and he will hope to bring in real quality to aid the promotion push.
Here we look at three potential signings that could arrive by the end of the month…