Derby boss Nigel Clough admits he may be forced to part with a number of his key men in January.
The Rams have already been forced to cull their playing staff this year, with the club struggling to operate on an even keel.
More departures are required, though, to help balance the books and that could mean their most saleable assets are offloaded during the winter transfer window.
Top scorer Rob Hulse and highly-rated winger Kris Commons are likely to lead the Pride Park exodus, with Clough already resigned to the fact that he will be forced to consider any bids which come in for his players.
"We have to get the situation at this club back on an even keel," he said.
"I was aware of this when I became boss and I'm sure our fans are clever enough to know too.
"A lot was spent before this year and the last part of our Premier League parachute money has gone.
"When offers come in, they'll be considered on their merits as always."
Hulse almost joined Championship rivals Middlesbrough for £4million over the summer, while there is likely to be no shortage of interest in Scotland international Commons.