Nottingham Forest have confirmed their second signing of the January transfer window with the arrival of Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.
Nottingham Forest Announce Second Winter Signing as Steve Cook Joins Reds
🤩 Introducing our second January signing ✍️
🤝 Welcome to The Reds, Steve Cook 🔥
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 4, 2022
Forest Making Early Moves in Transfer Market
Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has become Nottingham Forest’s second signing of the January transfer window.
The central defender joins the Reds on a two-and-a-half-year contract having successfully passed a medical over the weekend.
Forest’s capture of Cook will be seen as a triumph to those on Trentside given Cook had interest from a host of Championship clubs.
He could make his debut in the Garibaldi against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
His arrival provides extra cover across central defence with Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Cook now available to Forest boss Steve Cooper.
Loic Mbe Soh and Rodrigo Ely are also options to feature in the position but the pair have struggled with injuries this season.
Cook, 30, makes the move to the City Ground shortly after the arrival of Aston Villa forward Keinan Davis on a loan deal until the end of the season.
It shows chief executive Dane Murphy and manager Steve Cooper are desperate to get their business completed early on in the January transfer window.
Forest Move Ends 10-Year Bournemouth Run
Cook’s transfer to the City Ground signals the end of an impressive chapter in Dorset with Bournemouth.
The 30-year-old defender has spent the last decade with the Cherries, amassing almost 400 appearances and being involved in two promotions.
Playing time has come at a premium for Cook this season, however, and the defender still believes he has another few years in him and so is looking for a fresh start.
He departs the Vitality Stadium with a legendary status under no dispute.