Everton boss David Moyes believes the quicker he can get his transfer business done the better, with Steven Pienaar on his radar.
The Scot joked at a press conference to parade new signing Steven Naismith that the reason so many people had attended was because of the novelty factor of the Toffees having brought someone in early July.
But having taken advantage of the uncertainty at Rangers to secure Naismith, who cancelled his contract with the soon-to-be-liquidated club having refused to move over to the newco, on a four-year-deal Moyes is now turning his attention to other targets.
Former midfielder Steven Pienaar, who returned to the club from Tottenham on loan in January, is firmly in his sights.
"It is good if you can get your boys in at pre-season and get them involved," said Moyes.
"It gives everyone a lift. That's why we've got a full room today because everyone very rarely sees Everton signing players at this early stage.
"But I hope it's not the last and I'm hoping to get some more business done, certainly before the season gets started.
"We are keen [on Pienaar] and I hope in time we would be able to conclude that deal.
"I don't know if the situation has changed (with Andre Villas-Boas coming in as new Spurs manager) but Steven has made it very clear he wants to come back here and my understanding is that hasn't changed.
"My next job in the coming weeks is to get Steven Pienaar here as well.
"The season we qualified for the Champions League we had people in place early doors so if we could do that again then we would hope we could replicate what we have done before.
"The Premier League has changed in the level of squads and the standard but we will try to start the season better than we have done."
This summer Moyes has seen the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines linked with bigger-spending rivals but he is confident he can hold on to his better players.
"I've heard nothing from nobody," he stressed.
"We are always going to have interest in the players we have because we have good players but we don't sell easy here and we try to build a team.
"Of course you are going to lose players now and again but we have kept the bulk of players and we will continue to try to add to it and keep improving."
Moyes made the first step by bringing in Naismith, who said working with his fellow Scot and playing in the Premier League were the two main factors in his move.
"My decision to move to Everton was, first of all, that under the manager's leadership over the last 10 years they have been one of the most successful clubs in terms of growing and the facilities are world class," said the forward.
"I think last season showed that, finishing seventh in the world's best league and above your nearest rivals and doing quite well in the cups. It is what every player strives for.
"I have heard a lot from various people who have been in contact with the club over the last few years and there are some great guys in the squad.
"I spoke to Nikica and David Weir especially. He has been a big part of my career and he told me I would love it and his words mean a lot to me."
Naismith is confident he can make the step up from the Scottish Premier League to the English version.
"It is a quality squad but I am definitely going to get opportunities and it is my goal to take them," he added.
"The players here will make me a better player. I have confidence in my own ability and am confident I can do it at the highest level and with the help of my team-mates hopefully we can start the season quickly.
"I'm coming to the best league in the world and I need to prove myself and it is a challenge I am definitely up for.
"You only have to look at the teams pushing for the title last season and those clubs behind them pushing for European places - it is a great league and one I am relishing the opportunity to play in."