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OFFICIAL: Gekas set for Levante
- Updated: August 14, 2012
Spanish Primera Division side Levante have announced they are about to sign out-of-contract Greece striker Theofanis Gekas.
A statement on the Valencia club’s website has confirmed Gekas will join subject to a medical which is expected to take place later today.
The 32 year-old striker will join fellow countryman Nikos Karabelas, who recently signed with Levante after leaving AEK Athens.
Gekas has been without a club since leaving Turkish outfit Samsunspor at the end of last season, following a relatively successful spell with Eintracht Frankfurt.
He burst onto the European scene when he became the Bundesliga’s top scorer in his debut season with Bochum, after arriving in Germany on-loan from Panathinaikos.
A subsequent move to Bayer Leverkusen didn’t prove as fruitful, with a disastrous loan spell at Portsmouth and a rather happier one with Hertha Berlin resulting.
Though he has a reputation as a journeyman striker who has at times had troubled relationships with his clubs in the past, Gekas’ excellent goals to games ratio has clearly convinced Levante of his worth.
He will be competing in the Europa League with his new employers after they were one of the La Liga’s surprise packets last seaosn, finishing sixth. Gekas was a key figure in the Greek side that qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.