Derby have denied that former chairman Peter Gadsby had made an offer to takeover the English Championship club.
Local businessman Gadsby, a lifelong Rams fan, claimed to have submitted an offer to the Rams' American owner General Sports and Entertainment (GSE) almost a year since previously attempting to regain control of the club.
Gadsby stepped down as Rams chairman in October 2007 and although GSE confirmed there has been contact with one of his representatives, they insist no offer was made and that they are not willing to sell the club.
A statement on the club's official website, read: "The ownership group can confirm it recently received a letter from a third party, acting as a representative of Mr Gadsby. There was no offer made in this letter.
"In addition, this letter did not specify how Mr Gadsby intends to involve himself with the club.
"The club's ownership group has responded in writing and has had no subsequent contact with either Mr Gadsby, or this third party, prior to today's public comments made through the media."