The former England international has lost his place at Derby County.
Leeds United finished their transfer window disappointingly with none of the signings many a fan would have wanted arriving through the doors at Elland Road.
One position that Steve Evans wants to improve is the striker area. Chris Wood keeps picking up niggling injuries, Mirco Antenucci's contract situation makes him a risk and Lee Erwin has struggled to find fitness. Souleymane Doukara has been a welcome surprise with his good form but another striking option would not go amiss.
The loan window opens next week and Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty certainly looks like a potential target.
But should they try and do a deal with Derby County for a former England international?
Darren Bent has lost his place in the Derby squad after their recent transfer activity and Paul Clement is open to sending him on his way.
The striker, who has four goals from 13 caps for England, will not be content with his situation at the iPro Stadium and a spell away from the club could do him some good.
Leeds could do with a fox-in-the-box type to finish the chances that come by pure instinct.
Meanwhile Derby would happily have him out on loan in the Championship, where he might be able to take points off of potential promotion rivals.
It is a deal that would make sense for both Leeds United and Derby County - if they could agree over what must be sizeable wages.