Ten years ago to this very day, AFC Bournemouth signed Steve Cook from Brighton & Hove Albion on a permanent deal. Cook had initially joined the Cherries on loan from the Seagulls in October 2011 and made the move permanent in January 2012 for a reported fee of £150,000.
Since making the move along the south coast, Cook had been an ever-present in the side, including two promotions, the first from League One in 2013 and from the Championship in 2015.
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He also firmly established himself in the Premier League, not missing a single second of the 2016-17 campaign on his way to being named supporters player of the season.
Overall he made 388 appearances in all competitions for AFC Bournemouth, but with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 campaign his future since the summer has been up in the air.
It had been presumed that Cook would leave AFC Bournemouth after ten years during the January transfer window and when Cook was left out of the squad to face Queens Park Rangers, that thought had been all but confirmed, especially as Queens Park Rangers were one of the sides linked with signing Cook, with Newcastle United and Watford the other apparent interested parties.
That was until Nottingham Forest became the latest linked to snapping up the 30-year-old experienced defender and their late move appears to have won, with Cook having a medical with Nottingham Forest over the next 48 hours.
Should AFCB sell Cook in January?
No - Just run his contract down
No - Offer him a new deal
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 2, 2022
Cook is expected to make the move to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer, a move that appears to be done for the benefit of financially looking after Cook, following his service to the Cherries.
Cook is also expected to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract with his new side, according to Dorset Live and could be available for Nottingham Forest ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with Premier League side Arsenal.
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