Gekas expected to join Izmir giants Göztepe


Akhisar striker Theofanis Gekas is set to join Izmir giants Göztepe at the end of the season according to Fanatik.

Gekas had a great start to the season but has been left out of the squad after falling out with Akhisar boss Roberto Carlos.

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The Greek international has 13 goals and two assists in all competitions for the Akigolar this season.

Göztepe are one of the traditional Izmir giants but have struggled over the last two decades and fell into the lower tiers.

The Izmir based club was recently taken over by Turkish billionaire Mehmet Sepil.

Sepil founded Genel Energy in 2001 to extract oil from Northern Irak.

The company now has 6 fields in Northern Iraq and an earlier venture, Epik Construction, did infrastructure work in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Göztepe were founded in 1925 as a breakaway from fellow Izmir giants Altay who were founded in 1914.

The club will play in the PTT1. Lig next season.

The main rivals of Göztepe are another Izmir club, Karşıyaka S.K.. When the two teams played on May 16, 1981 in the Turkish Second Division title, the game attracted an audience of 80,000 people – a world record for a lower league game.