Whereas the big clubs from England, Germany, Italy and Spain are usually looking forward to the opening of the January transfer window right from the moment the summer market closes, their Dutch counterparts are shivering with fear when New Year's Day draws closer.
Unlike for the teams from the so-called big leagues, the winter transfer window is hardly an opportunity to add to their ranks for Eredivisie sides, but it's more of a 31-day fight to keep their star players on board.
In 2012, to date, only VVV's Nigeria international Ahmed Musa has left the Dutch top tier for greener pastures as he signed a five-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Nevertheless, AZ midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is close to a winter move as well, and several more players could be on their way out of the Eredivisie in the upcoming weeks.
Regardless of what happens in the remainder of the January window, though, it's unlikely that last year's dramatic exodus will repeat itself in 2012. With Ajax star Luis Suarez and PSV skipper Ibrahim Afellay, the league's two absolute star players moved to a bigger competition, while Netherlands international Urby Emanuelson left Holland as well. However, the trio have enjoyed mixed fortunes since saying farewell to the Eredivisie.