Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, is thought to be taking a more than cursory look at Capital Pub Company, according to The Times. According to reports this morning, the Rooney Anand-led company, which acquired the London-based Realpubs business for £52.2m earlier this year, is thought to be keen on increasing its foothold in the capital further and is understood to be giving considerable thought in launching a rival approach for Capital. Earlier this week, Fuller’s was given a "put up or shut up" deadline of 1 August by the City's Takeover Panel to table a formal bid for the 34-strong Capital. The regulator ruled that Fuller's had to make a formal offer by 5pm on the given date or walk away from Capital for at least six months. Capital last month rejected two approaches from Fuller’s of 175p and 200p per share, the second of which would value the company at close to £54m. It is thought that Fuller’s is prepared to go as high as 220p a share for Capital, which would value it at closer to £60m.