Roy Hodgson has admitted he went to bed last night not knowing if Michy Batshuayi was a Crystal palace player.
The loan capture from Chelsea wasn’t announced until after midnight on deadline day, but manager Hodgson had gone to the land of nod long before then.
Hodgson said he has turned in as deadline day was a long day for him after a late night the evening before, as Palace drew 1-1 away against Southampton.
He said: “I think I knew from [sporting director] Doug Freedman that it had possibly been agreed at about 8.30pm in the evening, and that he was on his way to finalise the deal.
“But I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal and what paperwork had to be done, I leave all that to the experts.
“But I knew it was a distinct possibility and one that we wanted to pursue. And if we had any chance to bring this deal home, we would do everything we can to do that.
“Doug [Freedman] then kept me informed until about 11 o’clock and I knew just about as everyone else, because it was that close.
“There was certainly no attempt on our side to keep it late to add a bit of drama, it was that dramatic, and I think our form and application [the deal sheet] was maybe one of the last ones in, maybe the last one in, I am not sure.
“So then it was a question of international clearance, which of course had to come after the deadline, so I didn’t find out unfortunately, because I was tired yesterday, after a tiring day and a late night on Wednesday, so I was not in the mood or didn’t have the ability to stay awake until possibly one o’clock in the morning.
“So I actually went to bed not knowing, but it was a pleasant surprise to wake up to Doug’s text this morning telling me it was all done, and a text from my son who was out in America, who had been watching it all the way through because of the time difference, and he congratulated us on getting the player we wanted.”