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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that Javier Hernandez has "a long way to go" to become as good as Wayne Rooney.

Hernandez has recieved rave reviews from fans and players alike over the last week after grabbing the headlines in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Stoke City last week and during United's 3-2 midweek Carling Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But Redknapp admits he would much rather see Hernandez lining up against his side rather than the out of form Rooney.

Redknapp said: “I’ll be truthful with you. I’d rather have [Hernandez] playing than Rooney. He’s a good player but he’s got a long way to become as good as Rooney that’s for sure.

“Rooney has been off-form recently and he has not been at his best but he will come back to what he was. He’s a fantastic player. They will miss him – that’s for sure.”

Redknapp also claimed that Paul Stretford, Rooney's agent, was very clever in negotiating a lucrative new five year deal for the striker, who had previously said he was adament he wanted to leave the club.

"Rooney was in a situation where he was going to walk away on a free in 18 months so he held all the aces." Explained Redknapp.

"Man United really had to come up with a fantastic deal or they stood the chance they could lose the boy worth £40, £50 million on a free transfer. So they really had to push the boat out.

"I think he knew that and his agent is obviously a clever guy - he knew that. Let's hope that now he's got what he wanted he can start producing on the field like he did before and he can move on."

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