Sam Allardyce admits West Ham have enquired about Jordan Rhodes, but has been left in no doubt that the Huddersfield striker is not for sale.
The Terriers frontman is hot property heading into the January transfer window, with his exploits in League One this season earning widespread acclaim.
The 21-year-old has already netted 20 goals in all competitions this term and has been awarded his senior debut for Scotland.
His potential for further improvement has caught the eye of those further up the Football League ladder, with West Ham among those who would welcome the addition of Rhodes to their ranks.
They have, however, been given short shrift by Huddersfield after tentatively addressing the subject with the Terriers.
"Jordan Rhodes has only been an enquiry, not an offer or a bid by any stretch of the imagination," Hammers boss Allardyce told Sky Sports News HD.
"And we have had a straightforward 'absolute no', 'not for sale' from Huddersfield Town so that's out of equation.
"That was just an enquiry to see what the situation was and nothing more than that."
Asked if he felt there was any room for manoeuvre in the negotiations, he added: "I don't think so. He is the main man for them to get them out of that division. This young lad is their main goalscorer.
"I suppose if the bid was big enough they would have to think about it, but I don't think we have that sort of money."
Rhodes does, however, fit the mould when it comes to the type of player Allardyce is looking to take to Upton Park.
He said: "He is a goalscorer with the potential to get better, the same as Sam Baldock.
"We have got the experienced players here in our squad, Freddy Piquionne, John Carew, Abdoulaye Faye, Papa Bouba Diop - it's the younger end of the squad that gives you the good balance."