Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Bournemouth defender Steve Cook on a permanent deal. Following his arrival at the City Ground, the centre-back has received a message of support from Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
The Reds have moved quickly to get this deal over the line. Cook was seemingly set to link up with ex-Forest boss Mark Warburton at QPR but Steve Cooper has won the race.
Cook is a vastly experienced defender. At 30, he will bring Championship expertise and standout defensive qualities to the City Ground with him. His know-how could also benefit a relatively young Forest dressing room.
It’s the end of an era for Cook. He has spent 10 years at Bournemouth, helping them win two promotions and captain the club in the Premier League, Championship and League One.
The Vitality Stadium won’t seem the same without Cook. He has become part of the furniture on the south coast, making 387 appearances for the club; with 168 coming in the Premier League.
Forest’s desire to sign another central defender hasn’t particularly been a secret. Cooper had been keen to bolster his ranks, with Loic Mbe Soh and Rodrigo Ely both injured.
Cook is now in place and Forest will be happy to get this deal over the line quickly. The defender is eligible to make his debut in the FA Cup against Arsenal on Sunday.
What has Ramsdale said to Forest newcomer Cook?
The pair know each other from their time at Bournemouth. As a result, Ramsdale has sent Cook an eight-word message on Twitter, following his move to Forest.
Ramsdale has seen his career sky-rocket over the past six months. He originally signed for Arsenal as a backup goalkeeper but has quickly claimed the gloves from Bernd Leno.
Now, he’s a mainstay for the Gunners and has also made his England debut during the 2021/22 campaign.
Ramsdale may be in line for a rest on Sunday. It seems as though he will be in the squad, however, with the youngster dropping a hint to Forest’s new signing on his heartfelt Tweet.