The most likley club to fall into that trap are QPR - who have the money - and are willing to spend - but finding the right quality at the right price might not be so easy.
Already boss Neil Warnock is being linked with a host of names having already made Fedirico Macheda a loan signing from Man United.
Leaders Man City may spend if they off-load Carlos Tevez, but according to City boss, Roberto Mancini "We need to sell three or four players and with Carlos we could close (a deal) with a club in the next three or four days, and also possibly Wayne. Then maybe we can do something,"
"We hope for us and for Carlos we can do a deal. There are two or three teams in Italy, a team in France, and another team involved - I hope for him he can start to play football.
"We could maybe bring someone in, but we need to sell."
Sir Alex Ferguson, and last season apart Arsenne Wenger have been reluctant spenders in January. Ferguson may be forced to relent with so many key names out of the picture. Interst in Bolton's Gary Cahill may yet surface after United's horror show at Newcastle and rumours are gaining momentum that Cahill and his agent are stalling on talks with Chelsea and Spurs in the expectation of interest from United. Ferguson is also reported to be upping his interest in Dutch star Wesley Sneijder with Darren Fletcher out for the season
Chelsea and Spurs have both been linked with the Bolton defender, but with his northern base Cahill may be biding his time.
If Bolton sell soon, they will then be able to strengthen and they need to.
Blackburn also need to strengthen but we understand that boss Steve Kean has been told he needs to raise cash from within before he can do that. One of their star assets looks likely to depart with Christopher Samba the most obvious target.
Both Wigan and Wolverhampton have been shrewd dealers in recent seasons, and whilst there will be no record breaking deals both have their eye on new blood.
Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha is on the verge of a move with Wolves one of the leading clubs in the chase to sign him.
Originally Bolton appeared to be at the front of the queue for the former England Under-21 star who is rated at between £2.5m and £4m, depending on which report you read, but the stalling off Gary Cahill's move has undermined their position and now there is a long list of clubs ready to move.
Wigan deny they are ready to sell Victor Moses, but two strikers that could move are Darren Bent now linked to a Liverpool move if they can match the £24 million Villa paid Sunderland, and Andy Johnson who seems to want away from Craven Cottage and is interesting several clubs including strugglers QPR and Blackburn.
This little lot could easily topple the £100 million mark and we are not out of the first week of the window yet.