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Wigan have been tracking Koumas for the best part of two years and Hutchings is delighted to finally have landed his man having seen off interest from Celtic and Everton.
England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has stepped up his training after surgery and is expected to start the new campaign.
the only club I wanted to come and play for," said 27 year old former Tranmere star Koumas.
Wigan boss Chris Hutchings has ironically just ruled out a Wigan return for Ellington but that didn't stop him from talking up the Latics' set up to Koumas.
WIGAN Athletic's new 5.3m signing Jason Koumas has revealed former Latics' favourite Nathan Ellington played a key role in his arrival at the JJB Stadium on a lucrative four year contract.
"I don't mind where I play across midfield. It doesn't bother me because I know what I can do and what I'm capable of."
Wigan travel to Holland this weekend for pre season training and they will play two behind closed door matches against Dutch club sides.
Koumas and The Duke' were team mates at West Brom and when they spoke about a proposed move to Wigan for the Welsh international midfielder, Ellington said: "Go for it."
Wigan now look set to complete the 3.5m signing of West Ham striker Marlon Harewood and they are also interested in Fulham midfielder Michael Brown.
"I've been able to see straight away just how ambitious and determined the manager is. He impressed me with what he had to say and I also like his enthusiasm. He has told me he will make me a better player and I'm confident Wigan will have a better season.
He said: "I knew at this stage of my career I had to be back in the Premiership, it was an ambition and joining Wigan has delighted me."
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He said: "Jason is a quality player with bags of experience and he will bring so much to the team. He's played in Air Force Nike High
Koumas happy to be back
of a move to Celtic but the former Tranmere junior had his sights fixed on Wigan.
"I have been instantly impressed with Chris Hutchings and Nathan was equally complimentary about him.
Wigan fought off strong competition to land Koumas. Everton were interested in the Merseysider and there was even talk Nike Air Force High Tops White
the Premiership and this is a great opportunity for him."
And Hutchings yesterday rejected another offer from Sunderland for full back Leighton Baines.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge and this is the perfect move for me. I'm delighted to be back in the north west and I like what I see about the Wigan Nike Air Force 8 set up.
"I'm just pleased to have got things sorted out because I've been waiting a couple of seasons to get back into the Premiership. Wigan made it quite clear they wanted me and the manager has been extremely positive.
"They have made it clear they do not intend to be in the position they were last season and they will be stronger.
"Wigan are spending a lot of money on players, myself included, which is a good sign and if you want someone these days maybe you have to pay a little over the odds.
"As a player you want to play at the highest level to test yourself against the best and I feel I'm a better player than when I last played at this level with West Brom. Coming here was a very easy decision.
"I have told Roy Keane that Leighton is not for sale. Everyone does have a price but I am happy to keep him as I am building a team," said Hutchings. "There is no doubting Wigan's ambitions for the coming season," said Koumas.
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