Steve Bruce admits to being in for Watford striker Troy Deeney in the past, but says Hull City hold no interest now.
It has been suggested that Hull are among those looking to offer a proven Championship goalscorer a step up into the Premier League this summer.
Leicester City have led the chase, with a £7.5million approach reported to have been knocked back.
An increased offer is said to be in the pipeline, while a number of others sides are said to be keeping a close eye on the situation.
Bruce concedes that he was among those considering a bid for Deeney in 2013, and again during the January window, but insists he has no intention of exploring that transfer avenue for a third time.
He said: "It's not true, I can say this time it's definitely not true.
"We enquired about Troy Deeney on deadline day last year.
"Before we signed Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, we had a little nibble then, but that's all it was.
"This year, no, not interested."