Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook is travelling to London to undergo a medical with QPR this afternoon. The centre-back has been at the City Ground since January 2022 and helped the club win promotion.
Now, according to Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam, the player is heading south to complete a medical. Once those formalities are ironed out, it’s anticipated that the experienced performer will be announced as a QPR player.
The 32-year-old has proved a popular figure during his time at the City Ground. Cook has showcased unbelievable leadership qualities during his time at Forest and he will leave having made 34 appearances for the club.
Last season, he was actually deemed quite important during the first half of the 2022/23 campaign. An injury to Moussa Niakhate led to Steve Cooper handing Cook a reprieve and he made 14 appearances for the club in the Premier League.
Cook has been a model professional at Forest even when he’s been out of the senior reckoning. He will leave the club with nothing but respect. Indeed, given what he achieved during the promotion-winning campaign, he will go down as a bit of a cult hero.
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The defender made 387 appearances for Bournemouth before joining Forest. Now, he looks set to return south, with QPR offering him a two-year deal, with the option to extend it by another year.
Forest legend Garry Birtles raved about Cook for his performance in the win over Liverpool back in October. He called him ‘tremendous’ for his efforts as he assisted Taiwo Awoniyi for the winning goal.
Forest defender Cook will sign for QPR
This looks like a good move for all parties. Cook will be reuniting with Forest teammate Jack Colback who joined the R’s earlier this month and a central defender has been wanted by QPR for some time.
Cook’s arrival will definitely be welcomed. They were battered 4-0 by Watford on the opening day of the campaign and things really can’t get any worse.
Forest defender Cook looks set to leave the club permanently in due course. He will go with the warmest of wishes from the fan base and likely Cooper, who originally brought him to the club.
This is another good move from the people behind the scenes at Forest. It’s another player departing permanently and crucially, that means another player off the wage bill.