Martin O'Neill has categorically denied making an approach to Porto for Jose Bosingwa.
Porto president Pinto da Costa, reacting to rumours of interest from Manchester United, claimed this week that he had only received an enquiry from Aston Villa about Bosingwa.
Da Costa stated that Villa had been turned away because Bosingwa was a player Porto wanted to keep.
O'Neill has made no secret of his plans to strengthen Villa's squad in the summer but he insists he is not trying to sign the Portuguese right-back.
The Villa boss has not been in contact with Porto for the best part of a year and is looking at options elsewhere.
"We have made no bid whatsoever. It's not true," O'Neill told the club's official website.
"That doesn't mean we're not interested in players. I know this story is definitely a regurgitation because no one from Villa has spoken to anyone from Porto in the last nine months.
"This is a categorical denial from me; it's as simple as that because we haven't spoken to anyone."