Owen was strongly linked with an move from United to the South Coast club earlier this week.
“I didn’t start the rumour,” Poyet told the Brighton Argus.
“I started one last week in here about selling Lewis Dunk to Real Madrid for £20million and nobody took it!
“I woke up and everyone was texting me about Michael Owen, even my son who knows everything. I said I don’t know anything about it. It would be a dream for this football club to have Michael Owen but it’s not true.
“I’m not saying he is not available or he doesn’t want to come here and drop a few pounds in his salary but he was not contacted, he was not thought about, he was not on the list. But if he wants to come he can give me a call.”