David Moyes says that Manchester United will do the vast majority of their transfer business in the summer, despite the side nearing confirmation of a deal for Juan Mata.
Mata is currently out of favour at Chelsea and United have reportedly had a bid in the region of £37m accepted for the playmaker.
With playing time of the upmost importance in the lead-up to the World Cup the Spaniard has reportedly jumped at the chance to move to Old Trafford and help a side currently in desperate need of more creativity.
But despite fans being particularly excited over the deal Moyes insists that the majority of United's scouting work this month is being done in preparation for the end of the season when players are more likely to be available and not so overpriced.
"I fully understand that supporters are keen to see us freshen up the squad with new faces, but January is a difficult month in which to bring people in," he wrote in his programme notes for United's Capital One Cup match with Sunderland last night, which ended in defeat for the Red Devils.
"While we are actively scouting players all the time, a lot of the work we are doing now is preparation for the summer.
"If we can do any business now then we will certainly try to do it, but I will not compromise the standards required for a player that can come into this club and help improve it."
United are slowly making changes under the new manager as he looks to put his own stamp on the squad after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure. This month Anderson has been sent on loan to Fiorentina while reports speculate that Wilfried Zaha is currently undergoing a medical at Cardiff.
Zaha was Ferguson's final signing before the Scot announced his retirement and the England Under 21 international appears yet to convince Moyes of his abilities, having featured just five times for United this season.