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Steve Cook makes Nottingham Forest move

AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Vitality Stadium
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Nottingham Forest have completed a permanent deal for Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.

The 30-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the City Ground after spending 10 years with the Cherries and making 389 appearances for the south coast club, who he helped win promotion to the Premier League in 2015.

Cook told Forest’s website: Cook said: “I thought it was the perfect time in my career to make this move to hopefully come and contribute and help get this club back to where it wants to be.

“The history of of the club speaks for itself and I know how passionate the fans are. I’ve played at The City Ground in the past and it’s always been electric, so now I’m just excited to get started.”

Head coach Steve Cooper added: “We’re delighted. As soon as we knew of his possible availability, we went for it as much as we could to see if we could make it happen.

“We feel this is an important signing as Steve is a fantastic player and brings a good level of experience, both in the Championship and the level above.

“He’s played in a team that has won a lot of games and I think that that’s important. We want our group to be young and hungry along with players of experience that can drive the team forward and that’s what we’re building.”

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter, 32, has returned to Forest from his loan spell at League One Charlton after making five appearances.

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