Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes they need "one or two" players in order to strengthen before the start of the season - but that is without any departures.
Toffees manager David Moyes is in a difficult position as he probably has to sell before he can buy but he does not want to lose any of his key players. So far the only person he has been able to bring in has been teenager Eric Dier, on loan from Sporting Lisbon, and he is likely spend the majority of his time in the reserves.
"Hopefully none of the top players will leave but I think we definitely need to strengthen our team a bit," Distin told the Liverpool Echo.
"If you look at the teams around us, they have got three or four if not five players, and quality players too.
"Sunderland or Newcastle, teams like that, have definitely improved their team in both numbers and quality and that is what we need.
"We need to improve the squad in terms of quality.
"That doesn't mean we don't have quality now, but we have a small squad and we will get injuries - that is the Premier League - so it could be tough.
"One or two players would definitely help."
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