Tom Cleverley has been granted a season-long loan move to Aston Villa a day after the transfer deadline ended, despite the requisite paperwork being filed later than a two-hour extension granted by the Premier League.

Villa are thought to have pleaded to the Premier League board that, while it was around 1.15am on Tuesday – with the transfer deadline having been at 11pm on Monday – when the application to take Cleverley on a temporary basis was finally sent through, the wheels had been set in motion and the club had tried its utmost to process everything as quickly as possible.

With the appeal granted,It is unclear how this will be received by other clubs, who may feel the deadline should have been adhered to by every member of the league. United’s loan deal for Radamel Falcao and Arsenal’s £16m purchase of Danny Welbeck were each finalised after the official 11pm cut-off point.

Cleverley had initially been an £8m target for Villa before his wage demands caused the club to reconsider. The 25-year-old earns a basic salary of £30,000 a week at United plus sizeable add-ons and, with him being a free agent in May, Cleverley felt he was in a strong position to bargain.

Villa did not accede to his requests for a weekly salary of around £60,000, leading to Everton attempting to buy him, but the latter’s offer of around £5m was rejected. This alerted Villa to the possibility of reviving their interest, this time by taking him just for the season.

The late granting of the loan move is a boost to Cleverley, whose United career has foundered since Louis van Gaal’s arrival. Last week he had to train with the reserves, now he will hope for regular first-team action under Paul Lambert. Villa could yet try to make the deal permanent, possibly in January but Everton are understood to retain an interest in Cleverley, who played for Roberto Martínez on loan at Wigan.

“I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a byproduct of that I can get back in the England team,” Cleverley, told Villa’s website. He added: “The prospect of working under the manager [Paul Lambert] and Roy [Keane, the assistant manager], who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one.”