Keshi Anderson signed by Crystal Palace after stunning hat-trick

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While Juan Cuadrado’s £23.3 million move to Chelsea may have stolen all the headlines, the best transfer deadline day story actually belongs to a young striker who had been earning less than £200-a-month.

Keshi Anderson, a 19-year-old forward, plying his trade in the eighth tier of English football saw his life change in just six minutes having netted an impressive 19 goals for Barton Rangers this season.

Six minute perfect hat-trick

During a trial game for Brentford against Crystal Palace, Anderson came of the bench shortly after the hour to a score a hat-trick in just six minutes. A perfect hat-trick too; a left foot volley, right foot tap-in and a header.

Palace reacted by swiftly signing the player for a reported fee of £30,000.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, Barton chairman Darren Whiley said “Keshi was bouncing off the ceiling. It is a fairytale dream come true.

"This type of thing just doesn't happen.”

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"The registrations department at the FA don't know of another step-four player who has stepped up to the Premier League. They certainly couldn't recall registering one.”

Anderson was up against veteran defender Paddy McCarthy in the friendly, who has made over 150 appearances or Palace.

Whiley added: “So he wasn't up against a muppet - and he scored three goals. That spoke volumes about his ability."

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