Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has promised not to waste the club's money as he plots his January spending spree.
The 51-year-old will join forces with chairman Freddy Shepherd over the next month in an attempt to strengthen his squad, with Liverpool striker Peter Crouch high on his wish-list.
However, a club which has seen the likes of Marcelino, Carl Cort, Hugo Viana, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque arrive in big-money deals in recent years, with less than impressive results, is determined to get it right this time around.
Roeder spent £15million on striker Obafemi Martins and Damien Duff during the summer and is happy with both, and he expects talks over a one-year option on free transfer Antoine Sibierski to take place within weeks.
But he insists he will not spend money for the sake of it in January.
Roeder said: 'People might say I have not been over-active or very quick to bring players in.
'But I am conscious of not bringing players in who, within a couple of months, I am thinking 'I wish I had not done that', and we are stuck with them on a two or three-year contract.
'That has happened here before and it has happened at many clubs. Managers sign players with a short-term goal and within two or three months wish they had not signed them.
'They are then lumbered with them and when they go to the chairman, he says: 'Hold on, I allowed you to sign a number of players, you signed them, it is your fault if you do not like them now'.
'I have been careful to try to bring in players who, once they are in, we like them and we know we are going to get good use out of them over the next two or three seasons - like Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins.
'I would have thought in the next four to six weeks we will be sitting down and talking to Antoine Sibierski about taking up an option we have got for him to stay for a year.
'Those are three players I have brought in who I have been more than happy with, and that is what I am trying to do during this window.
'If we can secure players I want, hopefully we will be able to get them - if not, I will not sign just for the sake of signing and regret it three months down the road when they have done part of the job, but would not be in my future plans and I would be lumbered with them.
'I do not want to be stuck with players I have signed but do not want after six months.'
Roeder's focus will be on a striker - he has played down talk of landing Crouch, but would like to sign him - and at least two defenders.
He said: 'The window is only open for four weeks. We know what we are doing. We know what we want to do, anyway.
'We have got some specific targets and we will keep our heads down at Newcastle and work away at those targets.'