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Crystal Palace have bagged themselves what must be the signing of Transfer Deadline Day by agreeing a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in the dying hours of the January window.
There was a time when everyone got excited for any Transfer Deadline Day, whether it was summer transfer window or a January one, yellow ties on, a day in front of Sky Sports News and listening to Jim White but this year was shaping up to be utterly boring.
January 31st 2019 was not looking like it was going to be exciting, especially the last few hours. All the transfers that were likely seemed to have been done or already seen as dead.
Sky Sports News were getting so desperate for content that one of their reporters was talking about birds on the pitch at the Emirates, another about his dinner at Watford and everyone else was just complaining about the snow.
Then out of nowhere, with just an hour to go, Sky started reporting that Crystal Palace and Chelsea had agreed terms for striker Michy Batshuayi.
BREAKING: Sky Sports News understands that @mbatshuayi has agreed terms with @CPFC, who are trying to negotiate a permanent move for the Belgian from @ChelseaFC. #DeadlineDay
Follow all the latest developments here: https://t.co/iCSjYRB2IC pic.twitter.com/HbLdXcgHAR
- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 31, 2019
In the last half an hour, Crystal Palace have been given the chance to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season. He's a player #CPFC have considered all window. Talks ongoing, no guarantee it will happen - clubs need to agree + lots of paperwork #CFC
- David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2019
Earlier reports had suggested that the Blues were desperate to secure a move away from the club for the Belgian and had offered him around the Premier League for a loan.
Reportedly they were asking for £2 million for a loan fee from all teams but Spurs, who were linked with him too, were being quoted £8 million because of the rivalry between the two sides.
Batshuayi could be a huge signing for Palace who had tried to sign Dominic Solanke earlier in the month only to see him move permanently to Bournemouth.
Batsman isn't the hero that Sky Sports News deserved but he's the one they needed.
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