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According to people familiar with the matter, Shire Plc is seeking a higher takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker AbbVie that would value the company at about 31 billion pounds. Shire, which on Friday confirmed it has met with AbbVie to discuss a takeover, had asked AbbVie to sweeten its offer to close to 53 pounds per share in order to get blessing from the Dublin-based maker of drugs for rare diseases.

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