Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has claimed that the opportunity to sign Radamel Falcao was too good to turn down, Mirror reports.
The now former Monaco striker was offered to several clubs on deadline day, and Man United moved quickly to seal the Colombian on a one-year loan deal.
Red Devils officials had to work past the 11pm deadline after asking for an extension, concluding the deal at 1.30am Tuesday, which takes their total transfer expense past £150million.
United will be paying a fee of £6million to Monaco in order to complete the loan move, with an option at the end of the season to make the deal permanent.
And Man United manager Van Gaal was delighted with his capture, stating: “I am delighted Radamel has joined us on loan this season. He is one of the most prolific scorers in the game.
“His appearances-to-goal ratio speaks for itself and when a player of this calibre becomes available it is an opportunity not to be missed.”
Meanwhile Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez have left to club to make room for the 28-year-old, moving to Arsenal and Real Madrid respectively.