* Asahi Group Holdings to offer more than $4.9bln - report
* Firm says not currently taking steps towards acquisition
* Asahi previously said would not bid for E. European assets
(Adds Asahi Group comment)
Oct 4 Tokyo-based brewer Asahi Group Holdings
plans to offer more than 500 billion yen ($4.87
billion) for SABMiller Plc's beer business in five
Eastern European countries, the Nikkei business daily said.
SABMiller's business in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary,
Slovakia and Romania will be opened up to bidding after
Anheuser-Busch InBev acquires the company next week,
the Nikkei said.
Asked to comment on the report, an Asahi spokeswoman said
the company was not currently taking any steps towards proposing
an acquisition or bidding for SABMiller's assets.
Asahi Group President Akiyoshi Koji told Reuters in May that
the company will not bid for the Eastern European assets that
SABMiller is selling to appease anti-monopoly regulators.
SABMiller could not be reached outside business hours.
The Japanese brewer has already agreed to buy brands such as
Italy's Peroni from SABMiller for 2.55 billion euros ($2.84
(Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru and Thomas Wilson
in Tokyo; Editing by Don Sebastian and Kenneth Maxwell)