Time is running out for Tottenham to make their first signing as they battle to agree a price for transfer target Jack Grealish.
Spurs have been monitoring the Villa star all summer, but the Championship club are holding firm for a reported fee in excess of £30million.
British media reports have linked the highly-rated Grealish with a £25m switch to Spurs, who have yet to make a signing in the close season.
"At the moment, Spurs haven't got anywhere near what the owners want to even consider, so there's not a discussion to be had," Bruce said last week.
"I don't think we've had a formal bid. The one thing that the owners have made pretty clear is no one is for sale. We don't want to lose our best players."
Aston Villa remain in the Championship following their playoff loss to Fulham in May.
Meanwhile, Chelsea attempts to bring Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga are inching towards completion.
The Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday morning that the 23-year-old's €80 million buy-out clause has been met.
The Blues have reportedly made Kepa their number one target to replace Thibaut Courtois.
A statement on Athletic's official website read: "Kepa Arrizabalaga has met the requirements for the valid unilateral termination of the work contract that linked him to Athletic Club.
"The amount of the compensation established in the contract has been deposited.
"Athletic thanks the player for his contribution during the time he has remained in our club."