manager Roy Hodgson failed to even know his club had signed striker Michy Batshuayi before dawn after the transfer window closed.

The Eagles signed the 25-year-old Chelsea striker on loan before close of the growing season, with the agreement being announced at 00:15 on Friday.

“Nevertheless, it had been a pleasant surprise to awaken to (sporting director) Doug Freedman’s text which it had been achieved .”

Hodgson, whose negative are 15 th from the and 4 points above the relegation zone, included:”I knew at about 8.30pm (on Thursday) a deal could possibly be on and’d been consented with .

“I don’t know the intricacies, but I knew it had been a distinct possibility and one we wanted to pursue.

“Doug kept me informed as much as 11pm. As it had been close I knew about just as far as everybody else. It had been dramatic; our form and application was clearly one of the very last ones inside, maybe the last.

“Then it had been all about international clearance, even after the 11pm deadlineso I did not find out until late , after a exhausting night on Thursday.”

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