Southend manager Paul Sturrock plans to be active in the January transfer window with players coming and going at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers head into the festive period out of form but still occupying second spot in npower League Two, and Sturrock knows he must strengthen his ranks for his side to keep up with their rivals and remain in the automatic promotion places come May.
"We've got three games until the window opens, we will be bringing players in during the window, there's no ifs, buts or maybes," he told the club's official website.
"We've got to try and compete with the other teams because they'll all be bringing in three or four, so it's important we manage to get the targets we'd like to bring in."
And Sturrock is also looking to offload some of those on the fringes, adding: "Certain players who you would say are on the periphery of the team basically need to find homes now, the only way you can be a footballer is by playing games on a Saturday, if you're not playing on a Saturday then it defeats the purpose.
"At the end of the day, we have several players who I think would benefit from the freshness of moving on."