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Spurs can compete with the top four - Ramos

Juande Ramos insists Tottenham can compete in the transfer market with Manchester United and the rest of the Premier League top four - despite looking set to lose another player to their rivals.

United signed Michael Carrick in 2006 and want Dimitar Berbatov this summer, while Robbie Keane departed for Liverpool in a £20.3million deal.

Spurs are determined not to be seen as a feeder club and their major summer signings have been Luka Modric, Giovani dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes and David Bentley.

Ramos said: 'Tottenham already are a massive club and we can be compared with Manchester United or the other top-four clubs.

'I have no doubt in my mind that any player, depending on their individual motives, would choose to remain here or come here over any of the other top clubs if he is coming from another side.'

Ramos is confident he and sporting director Damien Comolli have recruited wisely over the summer. They are still looking for another striker regardless of the outcome of the Berbatov transfer saga.

Ramos added: 'We're very happy with the squad we've got and with the players at our disposal we feel we can challenge anyone at the moment.

'I've got the squad and the team how I want it, in general terms. You can never be 100% at the start of the season, that is dependent on factors like injuries and signings settling in. We're on the right lines.'

Ramos has not been made aware of a United bid being accepted for Berbatov, and the head coach will make a late decision on whether the striker will face Middlesbrough on Saturday, if the Bulgaria international is still at the club.

Ramos said: 'Tottenham have to make their own mind up what the money is on the table. At the moment there is no offer, if there is an offer, if the offer comes, then that is when the club will decide.'

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