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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2005, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Koumas seals Cardiff loan switch
Jason Koumas
Jason Koumas has committed himself to Cardiff on a year's loan
West Bromwich Albion reject Jason Koumas has completed his move to Cardiff City on a 12-month loan deal.

The skilful Wales midfielder, 25, had been transfer-listed by the Baggies after manager Bryan Robson criticised his work-rate and attitude.

"I wasn't happy with my form towards the end of last season and was in and out of the team," Koumas said.

"It is exciting to be playing in front of Welsh supporters and the Cardiff fans are known for their passion."

Koumas feels he needs to be playing regularly in order to impress Wales manager John Toshack, who is in the process of rebuilding following the Mark Hughes era.

"I need to be playing every week if I am to stay in the international set-up," Koumas said.

"With the game against England coming up (a World Cup qualifier on 3 September), this gives me a platform to show John Toshack that I am still worth a place in the side."

Bluebirds boss Dave Jones told the club's official website he was delighted to secure Koumas' services: "Jason is another piece in the jigsaw.

I hope he (Jason Koumas) prospers in his time at Cardiff and I wish him good luck
West Brom boss Bryan Robson

"Jason putting pen to paper shows once again our commitment to the promise of bringing in new faces to Ninian Park."

Koumas - Jones' sixth summer signing - will be unveiled to Cardiff fans before Wednesday's pre-season friendly with Italian side Udinese.

However, West Brom have the right to recall Koumas during either of the transfer windows next season, should he be required.

But the Midlands side have also given Cardiff first refusal if they want to make the player's transfer permanent, with a price tag of up to 2m.

That would involve the cash-strapped Welsh club finding 1.5m up front, with a further 250,000 based on appearances and another 250,000 should the Bluebirds be promoted to the Premiership.

Koumas arrived at the Hawthorns in a then-club record 2.25m from Tranmere Rovers in August 2002.

The playmaker only signed a new four-year contract last summer but has first fallen out of favour with Baggies boss Robson, and then fallen out with him.

Koumas was quoted as saying he would be "glad to see the back" of Robson.

But the former England skipper has moved to heal the rift with the out-of-favour Koumas.

"I hope Jason goes on to prove he is a good footballer at Cardiff," Robson said.

"I hope he prospers in his time there and I wish him good luck.

"Unfortunately I've got players here who are ahead of him in the queue for a first-team place."

Ironically, Koumas could make his Bluebirds debut against West Brom in Sunday's friendly - which will see the return to Ninian Park of former Bluebirds favourite Rob Earnshaw.

The Cardiff-West Brom connection could be further strengthened if defender Darren Purse completes his 1m transfer to the Bluebirds.

However, despite assurances from Purse's agent that the player only has eyes for Cardiff, he was at Yeovil Town on Tuesday night to watch rival suitors Southampton win 3-1.




SEE ALSO
West Brom put Koumas up for sale
13 May 05 |  West Bromwich Albion
Purse poised for Cardiff transfer
20 Jul 05 |  Cardiff City


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