Hull City may need to spend up to £10 million to land the English midfielder, although Bruce admits a deal is not close as yet.
Ryan Mason celebrates scoring for Tottenham
Hull City are interested in bringing Ryan Mason to the KCOM stadium, Steve Bruce has told the Hull Daily Mail, however the Tigers are a long way off completing a deal.
The Hull Daily Mail report that a bid of up to £10 million may be required to lure the Spurs academy product away from White Hart Lane.
And Steve Bruce has said the Tigers will be spending big on a certain players, in order to make a statement about their intent going into next season and their return to the Premier League.
Interested: Steve Bruce
"I have to say that we're not (that close) at the moment (to signing Mason)" said Bruce.
"We've got a couple of big irons in the fire that I hope we can progress. We need it. We need that injection to show the supporters and the players that we mean business. I know the season is four weeks away but we've got some time after that.
"We haven't been given the biggest of transfer kitties, especially when you see what other clubs are spending, but we'll do our best."
West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason grew up in Enfield and joined Spurs as an eight year old, eventually making his first team debut in 2008.
He has since made over 50 appearances for his local club, and the 25 year old made his England debut last year, coming on as a substitute for Roy Hodgson's side in a friendly against Italy.
Ryan Mason in England training
With the arrival of Victor Wanyama earlier this summer and with the likes of Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Christian Eriksen all ahead of him in the pecking order, he may be tempted to leave White Hart Lane to gain more first team football.
And with Hull City back in the top flight, they present an attractive proposition, especially with the precedent of both Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore successfully leaving North London for the North East in recent times.