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Tottenham boss Redknapp: Days of Beckham group at Man Utd are gone

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says it's becoming more competitive in the youth transfer market.

Redknapp believes there isn't the same talent around in England than past generations.

He said: "We are ambitious and we have got to keep our best players if we are going to move ­forward. That's what we are looking to do - and we are also looking to see if we can find somebody who would make a difference.

"They are not easy to find. We are looking for that someone who will give us that extra bit of magic but I don't know where they are.

"Everyone is looking for a Cristiano Ronaldo, who is going to get you a goal a game - but they're not out there any more.

"I don't see the Ryan Giggs and David Beckham ­generation. I would be a liar if I said we had kids coming through that you could talk about in the same breath as the ones I had at West Ham or the United ones.

"I can't remember any better young groups than those two.

"When have Chelsea had a good young 'un since John Terry?

"It is getting harder to find kids who can come in and play at this level. To find a group like West Ham and Man United did, with six kids who are top-class, would to be a miracle.

"I don't know why. Everyone is asking the same question. The last one we had at Spurs was Ledley King. I was lucky at West Ham but unfortunately they sold Rio Ferdinand when they shouldn't have done and broke it up."

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