Nottingham Forest will imminently announce the signing of Steve Cook, according to Will Unwin of The Guardian. The defender has completed his medical and will move to the City Ground on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Steve Cooper has been desperate to bolster his defensive ranks. In Cook, he looks to have got his man and he can now park his desire to add a permanent central defender.
The 30-year-old will move to Forest on a free transfer. Upon completion of the deal, Cook will end a ten-year association with the Cherries, leaving with legendary status among the fan base.
Forest didn’t enjoy a good Christmas. They were second best against Middlesbrough, whilst they wanted a glut of chances in defeat against Huddersfield. Yesterday’s game against Barnsley was postponed due to Covid in the squad.
Cook leaves the Vitality Stadium with 387 appearances to his name and 168 of those coming in the Premier League. He helped the club win promotion to the top-flight and then stabilise them before relegation two seasons ago.
During his time there he earned praise from Eddie Howe. The current Newcastle boss called him ‘incredible’ back in 2016 following a Premier League victory.
Forest are somewhat short at the back. Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna are as reliable as clockwork, with Tobias Figueiredo in reserve. Loic Mbe Soh and Rodrigo Ely are still injured, with no light seemingly at the end of the tunnel.
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The central defender has been superb for Bournemouth. He has been an instrumental part of the club’s history and their fans wish him nothing but the best. For Forest, that bodes well.
Cooper’s team isn’t blessed with loads of leaders. Lewis Grabban is the current captain, with Jack Colback also a player who has been there, done it and worn the t-shirt.
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Having another player in the spine of the team with vast experience can be no bad thing. It’s also fair to say that Forest need another central defender to come into the squad.
The Reds will hope this isn’t another Harry Arter situation, but the signs look good that Cook can prove a really good addition to Forest under Cooper’s management.