Heineken has refused to be drawn on local reports that it is in line to buy a Czech brewer.

Daily newspaper Dnes cited independent sourced today (22 November) in a report claiming that Heineken is close to acquiring Drinks Union, a privately-owned brewer in the country.

"The signature of an agreement is close," a source told the paper. "Now only the price has to be finalised."

When contacted by just-drinks, however, a spokesperson for the Dutch brewer said: "It is company policy not to comment on acquisition speculation."

In August, Heineken received the go-ahead from the Czech anti-trust office UOHS to proceed with the purchase of Czech brewer Krusovice. Heineken bought the company from Germany's Radeberger Gruppe for an undisclosed sum.

Located in the north-east of the country, Drinks Union was founded in 1998. The company has four breweries and also controls KB Likér, a producer of traditional Czech alcoholic drinks.