Football: Madrid mad for Macca.
STEVE McManaman Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. has been given 24 hours to sign a pre-contractual agreement with Spanish giants Real Madrid or they will pull the plug on any proposed move for the Liverpool star.
Madrid are fuming fuming /fum·ing/ (fum´ing) emitting a visible vapor.
Producing or emitting smoke or vapor, as for certain concentrated nitric, sulfuric, and hydrochloric acids. with McManaman after opening negotiations nine months ago and offering the England star, who is out of contract at the end of the season, a pounds 1.5million signing-on fee and wages of pounds 55,000 a week.
But so far McManaman has refused to sign and Madrid have finally snapped, fearing they may be upstaged by Barcelona or an Italian club.
Barcelona have already tabled a bid to rival Madrid's and are prepared to throw in additional bonuses, a luxury penthouse penthouse
Enclosed area on top of a building. A penthouse can be an apartment on the roof or top floor of a building or a structure on the roof housing the top of an elevator shaft, air-conditioning equipment, or stairs leading to the roof. and a top-of-the-range sports car.