La Liga side Getafe have claimed that Crystal Palace tried to 'pull their trousers down', after the Eagles' deadline day pursuit of their goalkeeper Vicente Guaita ended in disaster - with Londoners failing to get the deal across the line.

As reported by the Independent, Guaita - who is something of an underrated star in Spain - is able to leave Getafe at the end of the season on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling. 

His expiring contract is believed to have prompted Palace to make a low-ball offer for the 31-year-old, which was immediately rejected by the Madrid-based side, who would rather lose the player for nothing rather than accept the apparently insulting offer.

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A Getafe club official aired their grievances on local radio, claiming that the Premier League strugglers had attempted to "pull their trousers down" by essentially offering the choice of accepting a low offer for their goalkeeper or losing his services for no money in the summer.

Palace are in dire need of a new goalkeeper, with their current number one Wayne Hennessy struggling to overcome injury troubles, and 38-year-old back-up choice Julian Speroni approaching the end of his career. 

The Eagles will now have to wait until the end of the season to sign a new keeper, but they did manager to sign a much-needed striker on deadline day.

The highly-rated FC Midtjylland forward Alexander Sørloth arrived at Selhurst Park in a deal worth around £9m, and should provide starting striker Christian Benteke with some real competition for his place in the side.

Palace's 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham on Tuesday night sees them sitting in 13th place in the table, but the bottom half of the league is so tightly-packed that the Eagles are just three points off the relegation zone. 

Hodgson's men will host Newcastle United on Sunday, in what is set to be a key clash in what looks set to be a fierce fight for top-flight survival.