Bent has struggled for game time at Derby County this season and Clough says he has made an enquiry regarding the former England international’s availability.
However, Clough believes Bent will have other options and has played down his chances of landing the 33-year-old striker in the January transfer window.
“We speak to [manager] Gary Rowett regularly at Derby, and we know he [Bent] has been out of the picture,” said Clough, as reported by the Burton Mail.
“So he’s one of a dozen players that we’ve enquired about.
“But I would think with his pedigree that he’s got a few offers to choose from.
“Because of our position in the league, apart from geographically, he’ll probably have better clubs higher up the league to go to.”
Wigan Athletic v Southampton -Southampton will be hoping that the recent appointment of new manager Mark Hughes will give them the boost they need in order to get past Wigan in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Chelsea will be hoping to brush off their mid-week Champions League disappointment and continue their recent domination of Leicester City when they travel to the King Power Stadium for an FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Charlton have a host of injury absentees as they look to get their League One promotion bid back on track at home to Fleetwood.
Gary Rowett's injury crisis shows no sign of easing as Derby prepare to play host to Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff.