Bent thinks a move to Villa Park would be a massive risk for both parties.
He told talkSPORT: “I think Aston Villa, they don't need that right now. That is a risk. They need someone who can go in there and score goals now.
“(There is speculation) about (Christian) Benteke and I think that, for me, is the perfect one to go for.
“I know he's had a bit of a tough time at Crystal Palace. But I think the Aston Villa fans will get the best out of him, because they absolutely idolised him - he was the best thing ever when he was there.
“I think if he goes there and he feels that love again, he can start scoring.
“As far as Eddie Nketiah goes, I'd go somewhere like Bristol (City) or Sheffield Wednesday, a good Championship club that have aspirations of getting promoted. Not going to someone like Aston Villa or Norwich that are desperate for wins."