Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and Hull counterpart Steve Bruce left Villa Park on Sunday with differing performances to reflect on but similar ambitions for transfer deadline day.
The hosts came out 2-1 winners, a rather modest scoreline given their early dominance over the lacklustre Tigers, to give them seven points from a possible nine and their best start to the season since 2006.
For Hull boss Bruce it was a second successive setback, having been knocked out of the Europa League play-offs on away goals in midweek.
But neither manager will spend long reflecting on the match on Monday, instead hoping to be busy completing deals before the window closes.
The 10 biggest transfers that could still happen
The 10 biggest transfers that could still happen
1/10 Radamel Falcao - Manchester United
Despite missing more than six months with injury, the Colombian striker remains one of the hottest properties in Europe. Falcao had been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Arsenal and Manchester City had been linked with a move on deadline day for the striker. Enter Manchester United, who pulled off the shock of the summer after a season-long loan was agreed in principle with a view to a permanent deal.
2/10 Sami Khedira - Arsenal/Chelsea
Will he, won’t he, will he, won’t he? Sami Khedira is clearly surplus to requirements at Real Madrid after the arrival of Toni Kroos but his wage demands and fee seem to be getting in the way of a resolution. He is a fantastic player and would be a major coup if he were to arrive at either London club, but this transfer will probably rumble on until deadline day
3/10 Edinson Cavani - Liverpool
Another striker unhappy in Ligue 1, Cavani scored 25 goals for PSG last season but is reported to be unhappy playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Paris. PSG don’t want to sell, but Brendan Rodgers is looking at the top end of the market to replace Luis Suarez and could spend big on Cavani or Falcao
4/10 Mehdi Benatia - Manchester United
The classy Moroccan centre-back would perfectly fit the profile as one of the back three in Louis van Gaal's system. The Roma man, believed to be available for about £30m, is very good on the ball, an excellent athlete and a fierce competitor. He is comfortable taking the ball forward and is a threat at set-pieces
5/10 Arturo Vidal - Mancester United
This potential transfer seems to have been rumbling on all summer but appears unlikely. Vidal is supposedly keen on a move and a midfielder of Vidal’s quality would be an upgrade over United’s current crop, but Louis van Gaal is believed to have doubts about the Chilean’s knee
6/10 Petr Cech - Real Madrid/PSG
Jose Mourinho wants Cech to stay in west London but the giant goalkeeper is too good to waste his away on the Chelsea bench. Real Madrid, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain seem the likeliest destinations for the 32-year-old, who is still one of the very, very best in the world
7/10 Mats Hummels - Manchester United
Again, this deal appeared to be dead after Jurgen Klopp said he had no intention to sell and made the World Cup hero his club captain. But rumours for the German centre-back continue to swirl and given United’s defensive woes – Tyler Blackett is not the answer – a huge bid could tempt the Bundesliga side
8/10 Marco Reus - Various
One of the world’s best young players, Reus is being linked with just about every major European club. Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be leading the race in England, but Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and several other clubs would be delighted with the youngster. Reus’ cheap release clause, the cause of all the speculation, doesn’t take effect until next summer, so a big bid may tempt Dortmund to sell now
9/10 Victor Valdes - Liverpool
The former Barcelona goalkeeper is looking for a new club as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury that forced him out of the World Cup. Liverpool are looking for a new goalkeeper after letting go of Pepe Reina, and Valdes would certainly provide competition for No 1 Simon Mignolet should he regain full fitness.
10/10 Danny Welbeck - Arsenal/Tottenham
The England international is a target for a number of Premier League clubs, but Manchester United are reluctant to strengthen a potential top-four rival with his departure. As a result, any destination will have to cough up a £5m just to take him on loan, while a permanent deal could be largely inflated given his homegrown status.
Hull and Villa are two of the clubs linked with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, valued at around £8million, but neither was minded to talk up their chances.
Lambert said only: "There's no update on that. He's still a Manchester United player. Nothing's gone forward on that."
Bruce, meanwhile, was evasive on his own reported interest.
"Everyone keeps writing about Cleverley but I can't see it. I don't think it will happen," he said.
Bruce is significantly more upbeat about closing out a club record deal for £10million-rated Palermo striker Abel Hernandez.
Virtually all of the loose threads on that deal have been tied up, including a work permit which was granted on Friday.
"We expect that to be completed," said Bruce.
"We're just waiting for the signature, hopefully everything's okay there."
Bruce also confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Irish defender Brian Lenihan from Cork City and is in the market for at least one more player as part of an extensive squad upgrade.
One victim of that looks to be forward George Boyd, who is close to joining newly-promoted Burnley.
"We allowed George to speak to Burnley and personally I wish him well, it looks like he will go," said Bruce.
"He got an offer of a three- or four-year contract at Burnley and the chance to play."
Lambert is ready to sanction Karim El Ahmadi's return to former club Feyenoord but also hopes to see some new arrivals.
"Karim will probably go back. El Ahmadi looks like he is going to sign at Feyenood," said the Scot.
"He's in the last year of his contract and we'd lose him for the African Nations (Cup) anyway so it makes sense.
"If we can bring in one or two and it's right for the football club I'm pretty sure (chairman) Randy Lerner will be right on it.
"If we can get one or two in I'll do it."