We’ve become used to Nottingham Forest being one the busiest EFL clubs in the transfer market in recent windows and the initial signs are that January 2022 may be no different.
On New Year’s Day, the Reds confirmed the loan signing of Aston Villa forward Keinan Davis while the latest reports have indicated that Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is set to have a medical at the City Ground over the next 48 hours ahead of a permanent move.
The pair were in demand heading into the winter window and it seems that both could be Reds players by the end of the week, which would represent a quite remarkable start to the first month of the new year.
It won’t just be about incomings for Forest this month, however, and there will be some supporters concerned by the potential of losing key players.
As with any of the last three or four windows, centre-back Joe Worrall will be among those and the update concerning Cook appears to have left some fans feeling that he’ll definitely be leaving.
But an update on the financial details of the potential deal indicates that it’s not time to panic just yet.
As per Alex Crook from talkSPORT, there could be a minimal fee involved but Bournemouth want to do right by the defender due to his service to the club.
While The Telegraph’s John Percy, who delivered the update concerning Cook’s medical, has revealed he believes it is a free transfer.
With the 30-year-old seemingly arriving for a very small transfer fee, if anything at all, it doesn’t appear to be the case that his arrival would mean Worrall’s departure will have to be sanctioned.
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Yes, there is interest – with Burnley reportedly still keen – but the centre-back has been linked with a move away from the City Ground consistently over the past few years and windows without a move materialising.
The Reds’ promotion hopes look stronger now than arguably they ever have during that period and the early window activity suggests that Dane Murphy and the club hierarchy are looking to ensure Cooper has all the tools needed to sustain the push in the second half of 2021/22.
Selling Worrall doesn’t seem to fit into that approach, particularly given that his contract runs until 2024 meaning he’ll remain a valuable asset in the summer.
As with any window, the risk of losing key players is present for Forest but Cook’s potential arrival is a cause for celebration not panic.