Nottingham Forest signed defender Steve Cook from Bournemouth yesterday. Since his departure, it has been confirmed that the player will be handed a testimonial by his former club.

Cook becomes Steve Cooper’s first permanent addition to the Forest squad. The centre-back joins days after Keinan Davis arrived on loan from Aston Villa.

The Cherries stalwart waves goodbye to Bournemouth after 10 years. Some fans had feared he wouldn’t get his testimonial but that will still be honoured.

Cook gave a decade of blood, sweat and tears to his former club. He signed from Brighton and helped the club to two promotions, the second into the Premier League.

Forest Cook
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Now, he will embark on a new chapter at the City Ground. Forest had been keen to strengthen their defensive ranks with a permanent addition this month.

Very few will have anticipated getting such a strong deal over the line this quick. Forest are notoriously slow in transfer markets but this is a refreshing change of tact.

Cook will bolster a defensive unit that already boasts talent. Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna are immovable at the heart of the defence; with Tobias Figueiredo vastly improved under Cooper.

His know-how of playing in the Championship should be useful though. The newcomer will be eligible to play when Arsenal arrive at the City Ground on Sunday.

Cook to get wish despite Forest transfer

It speaks volumes of just how highly-rated Cook is at Bournemouth that he’s set for a testimonial. The details are yet to be finalised but it looks likely to take place in the summer.

Forest Cook
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Bournemouth may well be a Premier League club by then. It was in the top-flight where Cook showcased his class, making 167 appearances in the top division for the Cherries.

Forest will be hoping to put a late run together and gatecrash the play-offs. With Cook now in their ranks, you’d be a brave man to bet against Forest enjoying a strong second half of the campaign.

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