The Rumour Mill: Friday's football transfer news and gossip

In today's Rumour Mill: Wallace signs lucrative deal at Rangers; St Johnstone pip Hibs to Sheridan; Mphela wants second Euro chance at Celtic; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.

• Lee Wallace (left) and Alejandro Bedoya were both at Ibrox yesterday

Wallace joins Rangers for 1.5m

Lee Wallace last night signed a five-year contract with Rangers and promised his new employers the 1.5 million they have paid to prise him away from Hearts will be vindicated by the way he conducts himself both on and off the pitch. (The Scotsman)

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• Ally McCoist has turned his attention to Palermo centre-back Dorin Goian after losing patience with Carlos Cuellar. The Romanian joins Anderlecht stopper Roland Juhasz on Rangers' defensive wishlist. (Daily Express)

• McCoist has also admitted his interest in signing former Red Bull Salzburg central defender Rabiu Afolabi on a free transfer. The 31-year-old Nigerian holds a Belgian passport and would not require a work permit to move to Scotland. (STV)

• Rangers have signed United States international Alejandro Bedoya on a pre-contract agreement subject to a work permit. Bedoya will arrive in Glasgow in January when his contract with Swedish club Orebro expires. The Scottish champions failed with a bid to sign the player on a more immediate basis earlier this week. (Various)

• Rangers have had a bid for St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson rejected. It's understood Rangers offered 150,000 rising to 250,000 for Davidson. St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown refused to divulge details of the bid but quickly rejected it, stating: "It fell far short of our valuation. I am not going to say what the offer was but let's just say the time it took to respond was the time it took to type out no thank you." (Various)

• Rangers have suffered a setback in their attempt to sign Algerian playmaker Karim Ziani. The former Marseille player has instead accepted a 77,000-a-week offer from Qatar side Al Jaish. (The Herald)

Mphela keen to prove himself

Celtic target Katlego Mphela believes he can make it second time lucky in Europe, after an unhappy spell in France. The Mamelodi Sundowns striker, who will spend next week on trial at Celtic as Neil Lennon weighs up a potential 1.5million transfer, said: "I want to go back to Europe and prove myself. It's up to me to show what I can do in Scotland." (Daily Record)

• Celtic want goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa to play another trial game against Wolves before they make any decision on signing the Croat, although the player himself has yet to agree to the request. (The Sun)

• Celtic goalkeeping target Stijn Stijnen could snub the Glasgow club after entering talks with Italian side Sampdoria. (Daily Express)

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• Celtic are weighing up whether to pursue the signing of 19-year-old midfield trialist Mylord Kasai, from Swiss club Sion, after a week's training with the Glasgow club's youth team. (The Herald)

St Johnstone outbid Hibs for Sheridan

St Johnstone have outbid Hibs to land Cillian Sheridan on a six-month loan deal. The former Celtic striker had been keen to return to Scottish football after failing to settle in Bulgaria, where he played under three different managers following his lucrative move to CSKA Sofia. (The Scotsman)

Manager's passion sold Aberdeen to Jason Brown

Goalkeeper Jason Brown has revealed the passion of Aberdeen's management team and his own desire to play first-team football encouraged him to move to the SPL club from Blackburn. The 29-year-old played 16 games in six seasons with Rovers and spent time on loan at Leeds, Cardiff and Leyton Orient last season. (The Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Former Hibs and Rangers striker Darryl Duffy has signed for League Two outfit Cheltenham Town on a two-year deal.

• Former Rangers striker Alan Gow heads to India tomorrow to weigh up a move to Kingfisher East Bengal. The 28-year-old is a free agent and is condering working under Englishman Trevor Morgan.

• Steven Pressley will sign trialist defender Matthew Flynn - but only if Jack Compton quits Falkirk for Bradford City.

• Motherwell's bid to land Gavin Gunning on a second loan deal from Blackburn looks doomed to failure.

• Former Scotland defender David McNamee is considering a move to Australia with Ian Ferguson's A-League club, Perth Glory, after his release by Aberdeen.

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• Queen of the South manager Gus MacPherson has landed striker Tam Brighton on a one-year contract for the second time.

• Stirling Albion manager Jocky Scott has signed two players from the club's 'So You Think You're Good Enough?' trial programme. Former Middlesbrough and Bradford goalkeeper Sam Filler, 20, and ex-Motherwell defender John Crawley, 24, have both secured one-year deals at the Second Division club.

• Alloa manager Paul Hartley completed a further piece of transfer business yesterday by signing himself as a player for the new season.

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