Even in its absence, however, the top flight has still been at the root of plenty of gossip and speculation, with Sheffield United earning their fair share of column inches after a slow start to the campaign.
As always, we’ve gathered all of the latest news from around the web – click and scroll through to get up to date with all of the most recent updates.
Everton and Crystal Palace have joined the hunt to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz. The La Liga champion is out of favour in the Spanish capital and could be on the move in the near future. (Sport) Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images
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Brighton manager Graham Potter has assured midfielder Steven Alzate that he still has a big part to play this season. The Colombian has played just 11 minutes of action in the Seagulls' last four Premier League matches. (The Argus) Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images
Noel Whelan has argued that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would be an ideal replacement for Marcelo Bielsa when the Argentine eventually decides to call time on his tenure at Leeds. (Football Insider) Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Saint Etienne are keen to sign Leicester City forward Islam Slimani and offer him a way out of his Premier League nightmare. The Algerian has struggled in England, and also had a doomed loan spell at Newcastle United. (L'Equipe) Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images
Contrary to recent reports, Manchester City will not sign Lionel Messi in January. The Argentine is out of contract next year, but his exit would be made too difficult by the fact that Barcelona are still yet to appoint a new club president. (Mundo Deportivo) Photo by Ernesto Benavides - Pool/Getty Images
Newcastle United are monitoring the situation of Austrian midfielder Raphael Holzhauser. The 27-year-old has hit nine goals and eight assists in 12 league matches for Belgian side Beerschot so far this season. (Jeunes Footeux) Photo by Kristof Van Accam/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images
Kevin Phillips has claimed that Ryan Kent's recent decision to swap agent could mean he is eyeing up a move away from Rangers. The winger has been a long-term target for Leeds United. (Football Insider) Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has claimed that he has no intention of selling left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies in January, amid reported interest from Burnley. The Wales international is currently on loan at Luton Town, with West Brom and Stoke City also said to be keen. (Yorkshire Live) Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP
Burnley have completed a deal for teenage Danish striker Arman Taranis. The U19 international impressed during a recent trial spell at Turf Moor. (Official club website) Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images