JASON Koumas could be set to play in the Premiership next season - with Everton. In a sensational twist Welsh international Koumas pulled out of a £2.75m move to West Brom - only 24 hours before Wales friendly game with the Czech Republic last night.

Tranmere midfield star Koumas had agreed a four year contract with The Baggies - only to stun the Hawthorns with an eleventh hour u-turn.

But Koumas could be set for Goodison Park - even before today's 5pm transfer deadline. If Everton boss David Moyes doesn't make a dramatic swoop for Koumas in the next few hours he is certain to look at Koumas this summer - in a bid to rebuild his ageing squad - having underlined his youth policy.

But yesterday the player explained why he turned down a move to WBA, because he "didn't like the deal," but declined to talk about a possible switch to Everton.

The thumbs-down to the Baggies was yet another U-turn in the transfer saga after Koumas turned his back on the Midlands club a few weeks ago, before giving Gary Megson's men another chance.

He agreed terms on a four-year deal following lengthy Hawthorns talks on Monday and passed a medical on Tuesday - but finally pulled out of the deal yesterday.

Koumas told the Argus: "I just didn't like the deal, I really didn't fancy it." Earlier in the week had said he thought it was time to "move on."

He added: "It has been a horrible week, but getting my first start for Wales is a great end to it. It was a big step up for me. The pace is a lot quicker than I am used to in Division Two. I could have done a lot better, but I grew in confidence as the game went on. "I'm looking for a place in the European qualifiers squad, but I've got Ryan Giggs to budge so that'll be hard."

Wales chief Mark Hughes praised Koumas, saying: "He has superb talent and once he allies that with experience he will be a very, very good player for us."

*PICTURED: Jason Koumas in action.