Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is still not sure whether he will bring any new players into Old Trafford before the transfer deadline on Monday evening.
United remain in pursuit of Everton players Leighton Baines, the England defender, and Marouane Fellaini, the Belgium midfielder, despite failing in a series of bids, while Athletic Bilbao have confirmed their £25 million (HK$300 million) offer for midfielder Ander Herrera was rejected. But Moyes, whose team face Liverpool at Anfield in the weekend's top Premier League game, said: "I don't know how busy it's going to be but it will be busy.
"It looks like the market may get busy in the next few days. I hope that we do a little bit of business, but I couldn't guarantee that."
Everton are understood to be resigned to losing Fellaini, who is valued at around £23m, but are much more reluctant to part with Baines. They have denied that the England left-back has asked Roberto Martinez, Moyes' successor as manager of Everton, to facilitate a move to Old Trafford.
On the plus side, Moyes has seen off Chelsea's attempt to prise Wayne Rooney from Old Trafford, and expects the England striker to be key.
He said: "Wayne has been a great player for Manchester United. I thought he played very well the other night [against Chelsea]. He's in good condition, and mentally he's in good shape, so we'll do everything we can to keep that going."