Gekas set for Bayer exit

Greek striker seeks New Year switch

Gekas: Limited opportunities

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Out-of-favour Bayer Leverkusen striker Theofanis Gekas has told the club he wants to leave this winter.

The Greece international has spent most of the season on the bench with Bayer boss Bruno Labaddia preferring the striking duo of Patrick Helmes and Stephan Kiessling.

Having grown disgruntled at his lack of action he has now informed the Bundesliga outfit of his desire to move on.

"He is disappointed with his situation," Bayer chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told dpa.

"On the other hand he accepts the fact that Stephan Kiessling and Patrick Helmes play really well together up front.

"We know that he wants to leave and we will help him if some offers come."

Gekas joined Leverkusen in 2007 after ending the 2006/07 season as the Bundesliga's top scorer when playing for Bochum.