So is £20m enough? Probably given the number of players available on frees, loans and reduced fees. Allardyce will probably plunder a few from Bolton and Blackburn and as the signings of Cisse and Jelavic show, there's gold in them there hills if you shop around carefully. Four £5million signings, two free transfers - including Joe Cole - and a couple of quality loan signings would do us very nicely thank you very much.
It promises to be an interesting summer. And it threatens to be a challenging Premiership next season unless Martinez leaves and Wigan fall apart, and Villa fail to recruit and invest in a quality manager.
Second season blues could hit Swansea and Norwich and Reading are likely to struggle. The Martin O'Neill factor seems to have run out of steam at Sunderland too. A bad start to next season will test his commitment to a club he claims to support. Meanwhile, the managerial appointment at West Brom could be telling. They are overdue a yo-yo!
But new signings apart, the most crucial thing is the early season fixture list. Two years ago, the computer spewed out a nightmare first seven games and we never recovered. The same happened to Bolton this season. Muamba survived after dying on the pitch, but no amount of heart massage could revive the Trotters after their dreadful start , just as Grant's atonement and even the signing of Ba proved irrelevant after our dire start to 2010-11.
And as QPR proved too, winning at home is the key to survival. The twelfth man needs to get behind West Ham at the Boleyn!