There was never going to be another Sebastian Giovinco, another Michael Bradley or another Jozy Altidore type signing this January. Toronto FC entered the winter transfer season with less of a need to make headlines with the players that they signed, and more of a need to put together the final pieces of their squad.
The club could use a winger, maybe, more depth in the wide defence and maybe a holding midfielder. There was no chance all three of those moves happening, but there was a possibility of one or two. Most importantly, the club needed an experienced goalkeeper to play in front of their two "keepers of the future": Alex Bono and Quillan Roberts.
At the same time, the club would have to make space for those potential moves, as well as the ones they had already made in December. That included bringing in defenders Drew Moor and Steven Beitashour and midfielder Will Johnson.
The club has at least partially taken care of that by waiving Defender Ahmed Kantari, who is expected to be bought out and have his $345,000 salary removed from the club's books. Each team gets one buyout per season, and after six failed months the club were ready to rid themselves of Kantari.
But halfway through the winter transfer season Toronto FC largely still have more questions than answers. The leading question in terms of importance is the goaltending situation, and there hasn't been so much as a whisper about that lately. After some suggestion that talks with Milan Borjan had fallen through, the only other rumour that has floated around has linked Milos Kocic to the club, which doesn't make much sense.
To be fair just because nothing has been reported doesn't mean something isn't brewing. The Giovinco rumours turned into reality in just a couple of days and most Toronto rumours follow that formula. However, it's what is surfacing that is concerning, namely the fact that Toronto FC have suggested they will be fine if they don't ultimately find a goalie.
Also concerning is the fact that at this point there has been a lot more written about who could be on their way out versus who is incoming. Luke Moore has been linked to moves back in England, a potential move that has been suspiciously quiet of late. Damien Perquis also seems to be interested in a move back to France.
The biggest rumour right now, which seems to be picking up steam, is that the club is in talks with 33-year-old striker Marco Borriello. That would seem to be more of a luxury signing than anything, and certainly wouldn't fill a pressing need for the club unless Moore ends up heading back to England.
As aforementioned, everything could change in a hurry, and all of the club's needs could be filled before January is over. But for now the whispers and rumours surrounding the club aren't necessarily positive, and in this case no news is bad news for a club that remains incomplete.