Gerard Houllier has played down reports claiming he is interested in signing Karim Benzema.
It had been suggested that the Aston Villa boss could be tempted to make a move for the Real Madrid striker during the January transfer window.
The pair previously worked together at Lyon and it has been claimed that both men would be happy to link up for a second time.
Benzema has struggled to hold down regular first-team football at Real over recent seasons and it has been suggested that he needs to move on in order to get the games he needs.
He has, however, been drafted back into Jose Mourinho's plans following a serious injury to Gonzalo Higuain, with the Real boss short on striking options.
Houllier believes that situation is likely to scupper the plans of any interested parties, but insists he never intended to make an approach in the first place.
He said: "I don't think Benzema will come to Villa. Jose (Mourinho) said he is missing strikers so how can he get rid of one of the only ones he has available at the moment?
"I think he is trying to sign a new striker. I didn't even dare to get in touch with Jose because I know the situation he is in at the moment!"
Houllier is looking to add during the January transfer window, with a deal for Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun close to completion.
One area he will not be strengthening, though, is up front, with Norwegian frontman John Carew set to return to the fold for Sunday's derby encounter with Birmingham following an eight-game absence.
He said: "I am not looking to sign a striker. Not at the moment. I'm quite happy with Emile [Heskey] and John Carew did extremely well this week in training.
"I think he will be involved at some stage in the game. Maybe he will start.
"I will see, but he looked fine. Now his fitness level is better."