UK retailer Sports Direct has refused to be drawn on a report it is in the process of taking legal action against Irish department store retailer Heatons.

According to a report in The Irish Times, Sports Direct-owned Retail is suing Heatons on competition grounds. 

It added that the dispute is believed to revolve around the application of non compete agreements allegedly agreed between the two companies.

The case, which was filed in November 2012, is listed for a four-day hearing in the High Court next month.

However, a spokesperson for the company declined to comment when contacted by just-style.

The report comes after Sports Direct last week welcomed news that a temporary examiner had been appointed for Elverys, as it sets its sights on acquiring the Irish sportswear chain. Sports Direct said Elverys, which operates 55 stores, said the chain would be "an excellent strategic fit" for the company.