In the opening match of 2005, the Blues travel to White Hart Lane amidst rumours that England international James Beattie is deciding on a move to Aston Villa or Everton.
The reports seem to have an unsettling effect on the squad, who slip to a 2-5 defeat in the capital. It's the first time in the season that the Toffees have slipped to back-to-back losses. But Moyes remains positive: "People thought we'd lose two in a row very early in the season but we didn't. We've kept going and we've won plenty in the Premiership and I'm sure there will be more."
On the following day, Beattie agrees terms with the club after negotiations with David Moyes and Bill Kenwright. On January 4, he becomes the Everton's record signing for a fee of £6m, putting pen to paper on a four and a half year deal. The striker says: "I'm absolutely delighted with the move. The chairman and the manager said how much they wanted me and wanted me to be a part of an Everton team that's doing really well."
Beattie is introduced to the fans during the home game with Portsmouth when a goal from Leon Osman with virtually the last kick of the game gave Everton a dramatic, yet thoroughly deserved 2-1 win over the South Coast side. On the following Saturday, the BBC cameras turn up at Home Park, Plymouth, expecting David Moyes' men to suffer a shock. They are disappointed as a committed performance earns a 3-1 victory.
Kevin Campbell ends his six-year association with Everton by signing for West Bromwich Albion. On his departure he thanks the supporters: "I cherished my time at Everton and although it has come to an end, I'd like to count on Evertonians as my friends and if you see me in and around Liverpool, do come up and say 'Hello.' There's a big part of me still at Goodison Park."
Supporters are worried when they hear of rumours linking midfield lynchpin Thomas Gravesen with a move to Real Madrid. Talks are confirmed two days later and on the 14 January the deal is done. The Dane signs a £2.5m deal, which will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2008. He says: "I loved my time at Everton and would like to place on record my thanks to all the supporters, players, officials and coaching staff of the club. Leaving was a difficult decision."
Another goal from Tim Cahill earns the Blues a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough, but the FA charge Moyes' men after the game for a breach of Rule E21a (failing to control the players). The 'Capital Curse' strikes again when Everton fall to a 0-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Goodison. There is some positive news however, when Nigel Martyn puts pen to paper on a year's extension to his contract and the Blues progress to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sunderland.
Li Tie's season is over after he damages his shin in a reserve game at Bolton, while French youngster Guillaume Plessis arrives to boost the numbers. On the final day of the transfer window, former PSG and Rangers star Mikel Arteta arrives from Real Sociedad on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer.