Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has hit out at Hearts for seemingly setting the stage for a public auction for Christophe Berra.
The Championship leaders made a £2million bid for the Edinburgh-born defender.
But McCarthy says he didn't know it had been rejected until it was made public - and then accused Hearts of a deliberate ploy to raise his asking price.
McCarthy told the club's official website: "We've bid for Berra but, as I said the other night, I didn't know anything until it was supposedly announced that it had been turned down - we didn't hear that!
"I'm not sure why it was made public. Maybe it's one of those situations where they want someone to pay more and alert other clubs to it.
"But if they don't want to do it then fine, we move on."
He later added on Sky Sports News that he wasn't up for playing games.
He said: "If anyone else is interested, go on, let's have an auction. We don't want to do business like that.
"My interest wouldn't wane just because of that but we're not going to get involved in any auction."
McCarthy also denied any knowledge of an improved bid by chief executive Jez Moxey.